UD Researcher Tackling Wooden Breast Syndrome in Chicken

A UD researcher is making strides towards figuring out what causes a specific genetic problem in chicken that makes their meat unmarketable. 

Wooden Breast Syndrome is a common genetic defect in broiler chicken bred for meat production. It makes the breast meat too stiff to sell on the market.

UD Associate Professor of Animal and Food Sciences Benham Abasht has identified a fat producing protein called lipoprotein lipase expressing higher in the blood vessels of chicken with the syndrome. 

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