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   Breeding Resistant Chickens For Improved Food Safety
by Jan Suszkiw, USDA Agricultural Research Service
Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 3:44PM EDT

A new test developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in College Station, Texas, could make it easier to breed pathogen-resistant chickens.

The test identifies roosters whose blood contains naturally high levels of two key chemicals, cytokines and chemokines. These chemicals mobilize the birds' innate immune response, according to ARS microbiologist Christi Swaggerty, in ARS's Food and Feed Safety Research Unit.

Using the new test, commercial poultry breeders can single out roosters that have a strong immune response and use them to selectively breed a more robust flock. Such resistance, especially during the birds' first week of life, may lower costs related to animal well-being and food safety.

To read the rest of the story, please go to: USDA Agricultural Research Service


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