Genes, breeding help deliver perfect steak

Ten-year breeding project to build perfect steak found that beef tenderness is an inherited quality in the genes.

A 10-year breeding project to build the perfect steak has found that beef tenderness is in the genes: It is an inherited quality.

“American beef is a wonderful product, but its tenderness can be improved,” said Frank Hendrix, a Washington State University Extension educator and animal scientist who teamed with fellow researchers in the Washington State department of animal sciences to select and breed cattle for tenderness.

Current technology allows breeders to pluck a hair

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