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Essential Fat Gene Research in Pigs Conducted

by 5m Editor
13 June 2008, at 1:43pm

UK - Research is being conducted for the identification of fat gene markers which allows geneticists to prognosticate how and when fat is laid down in pig carcases.

According to the Farmers Guardian, PhD student Kate Fowler, who is based with the biosciences department at the University of Kent, is undertaking the project, which is sponsored by JSR Genetics.

Dr Grant Walling, director of research and genetics at JSR said: “There are cultural variations in meat preferences. For example, Asian markets prefer a fattier meat to those in the West.

“The fat markers identified will allow geneticists to predict how, where and when fat is likely to be deposited, helping producers to tailor products to specific retail markets and devise detailed feeding regimes.”

View the Farmers Guardian story by clicking here.

5m Editor