= The real reason eating meat was banned for the Japanese masses =

  • The tree clearly clustered Korean cattle breeds on a separate node than the European taurine cattle breeds.
  • This might suggest a separate domestication event for north-east asian cattle.
  • Also, mitochondria based studies have identified a haplotype T4 that is observed in north east asian cattle breeds but not in other breeds (Mannen et al., [7]). The PCA plot also clearly separated Hanwoo and Wagyu (Japanese cattle) from Hereford and angus cattle thus supporting the inference from neighbor joining tree.
  • Pictures of four Hanwoo cattle. (A) Brown Hanwoo, (B) Brindle Hanwoo, (C) Black Hanwoo and (D) Jeju black Hanwoo.

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