Hereditary Autoimmune Thyroiditis in the Fowl

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Science  21 Jun 1968:
Vol. 160, Issue 3834, pp. 1357-1358
DOI: 10.1126/science.160.3834.1357


In the Cornell C strain of White Leghorn chickens, thyroiditis appeared spontaneously. It was characterized by phenotypic changes due to a decrease of thyroxine, histological damage to the thyroid gland, and the presence in the seruim of antibodies to thyroglobulin. Susceptibility to the disease is genetically inherited. Hormonal bursectomy (androgen given to the embryo) suppresses the development of thyroiditis.

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