US: Iowa State's new DNA marker technology
Access to genetic markers associated with growth,
leanness and meat quality are now available to pork producers across the US.
Iowa State University Foundation has inked a licensing agreement with
Nebraska based GeneSeek, to license the use of DNA markers in four genes.
The markers have all been tested and commercially validated, according to the
National Pork Board (NPB).
The gene markers are as follows: the first
is MC4R, which controls growth and leanness; the second is PRKAG3 relating to pH
levels and meat colour; the third CAST, concerns meat tenderness and quality and
the fourth is HMGA1 relating to backfat and lean growth.
According to Mark Boggess, director of animal science for NPB, "the
markers precede the effort at present to sequence the swine genome and indicate
how this research can be applicable on the pig farm. More DNA markers and
corresponding technology is to follow".
â€¢ IOWA State University Foundation
â€¢ National Pork Board
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