N&H TOP LINE: New clues found in wooden breast syndrome

Delaware researchers identify biomarkers for disorder in broiler chickens, while ARS study looks at imaging techniques.

Wooden breast syndrome can affect broiler chickens by making the meat hard and chewy, thus rendering the birds unmarketable. Although it poses no threat to human health, wooden breast can cause significant economic losses for growers, who sometimes see the condition in up to half of their flocks.

University of Delaware researchers are working to combat the disease. They have been analyzing the genes involved in wooden breast disease and have identified biomarkers for the disorder.

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