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Department of Animal Sciences


Muscle Development

Regulation of Poultry Muscle Development

Further advances in the poultry meat industry will require new knowledge of factors like connective tissue in muscle that affect both development and meat quality. That knowledge may affect poultry selection and breeding programs in the future. Dr. Sandra Velleman collaborates with a team of scientists from four universities and three companies on research to further define the inheritance of breast muscle morphology and the activity of the cell population responsible for postnatal muscle growth, to determine extracellular matrix signal transduction pathways, and to identify novel genes involved in breast muscle growth.