NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Ontario Genomics Institute has awarded C$100,000 ($90,400) to a research project at the University of Guelph that is developing biomarkers to improve the quality of pork.

The university is developing a set of genetic markers that could be used to monitor pig breeding programs to ensure that the pigs are free of boar taint, an odor and an unappetizing flavor that can drastically reduce the value of affected pigs.

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