Newly discovered cattle genes could be keys to more sustainable beef industry

Newly discovered cattle genes could be keys to more sustainable beef industry

Justin Dupuis

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A newly discovered series of genes related to feed efficiency could pave the way to making cattle farming cheaper and more sustainable, according to a new study by University of Alberta researchers. U of A ruminant biologist and microbiologist Le Luo Guan and her research team showed that of the 20,000 genes expressed in bovine rumen, liver, muscle and back fat—key tissues involved in energy metabolism—19 seem to be associated with feed efficiency.

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