Scientists develop genetic markers to trace meat
An identity test to confirm the breed and origin of
meat from farm animals has been developed by scientists at the Department of
Animal and Food Sciences at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona,
Developed together with research company, Applied Biosystems, the test uses
genetic markers to identify individual animals and thus making way for complete
In the December issue of Animal Genetics (Vol. 6, issue
38), the findings can be
The study validated 46 SNPs (genetic markers that are all single nucleotide
polymorphisms), from a set of 120, for identifying pigs from five different
purebred lines. The SNPs were investigated in each DNA sample from hundreds of
pigs using the SNPlex Genotyping System.
In each pig's sample, the pattern of SNPs enabled the scientists to identify
individual pigs and their parentage for the five breeds.
The tests are beneficial for animal breeders and
farmers who wish to identify genetic markers associated with meat quality and
flavour. They could also be adapted for traceability in sheep and other
Lars Holmkvist, Applied Biosystems'president for Europe, stated that "the
SNP-test is a convenient, easy-to-use and affordable tool for farmers, breeders
and meat producers to prove their products are of a high-quality".
Hypor EspaÃ±a GP, part of Hendrix Genetics, funded the project in
collaboration with the Universitat and Applied Biosystems.
Autonoma de Barcelona
â€¢ Applied Biosystems
â€¢ Hypor EspaÃ±a
the latest pig news, subscribe here
To comment, login here
Or register to be able to comment.