Recently an EU funded project, PorDictor (QLK5-2000-01363), has been started aiming at the identification of new predictors for pork quality derived from gene expression profiles of skeletal muscle during prenatal development. A consortium of eight academic and industrial partners from four countries, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and UK, set up a multidisciplinary approach, including molecular biology, developmental biology, breeding science, quantitative genetics, veterinary science and histology, to elucidate the factors that are important for the genetic regulation of prenatal processes and their relation to postnatal muscle characteristics that are important for meat quality. The overall goals of the project are (1) to identify potential functional candidate genes controlling muscle phenotype in terms of technological measurable meat quality traits, (2) to confirm their effect on meat quality and (3) to provide DNA tests suitable for implementation in pig breeding in order to breed for improved pork quality

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Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 2002. Session 11, , 11.13, 2002
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