Summary and Implications
A unique resource population was used to determine that variation in a gene of the bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) family is associated with shank measurements in poultry. Knowledge of genetic variation and associations with traits related to skeletal integrity will enable genetic selection of poultry populations for stronger bones, thus reducing bone breakage in the live animal and on the processing line.
Iowa State University
Lamont, Susan J.; Deeb, Nader; and Zhou, Huaijun
"Genes for Skeletal Strength in Poultry,"
Animal Industry Report:
AS 650, ASL R1935.
Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/ans_air/vol650/iss1/94