Gene linked to bone strength in egg-laying hens

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Bone strength in chickens that produce eggs could be improved thanks to discovery of a key gene.

Bones in chicken wings vary in strength owing to gene differences.

New insights into factors that affect bone strength could improve the health of hens that lay eggs.

Scientists have discovered a gene linked to bone quality, in a finding that could inform selective breeding.

It could lead to better health in hens that lay eggs, which are at risk of osteoporosis.

The discovery, from a team of scientists including from the Roslin Institute, confirms the importance of a key biological molecule for healthy bones and may be relevant for other species, including humans.

Period4 Mar 2020

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  • TitleLayers' bone strength could be improved thanks to key gene discovery
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletFarmingUK
    Media typeWeb
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionPretty much the press release
    Producer/Authorby FarmingUK Team
    PersonsIan Dunn


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