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ncomms6861-f3At the Articles and Presentations page, the top article published in Nature Communications reports on the techniques involving the mapping and sequencing of the Slick hair coat gene which is found on chromosome 20. This was an international collaborative study that involved several genetic labs and GeneSeek. Hair samples on most cattle at Lukefahr Ranch were submitted for this study. Another interesting result was that Slick cattle do not have more sweat glands under the skin. Rather the glands are more responsive to cues that cause higher sweating ability. The interest in this work relates to breeding cattle that can better cope in the future in an environment involving global climate change.