Hubbard and MetaMorphix join in predictive markers for broiler breeding
Poultry breeding company Hubbard and life science
company MetaMorphixhave have allied to jointly develop a set
of genomic markers to maximize the genetic process of Hubbard's
Broiler breeder Hubbard
, a company of Group Grimaud La Corbière, and
MetaMorphix, specialist in development of geneomic selection tools, will use
Genius-Whole Genome Systemâ„¢ to develop predictive markers for desired broiler
performance traits. Under the agreement MetaMorphix will be entitled to receive
a royalty on revenues generated from the new breeds.
â€œThe use of MetaMorphix-Whole Genme System will allow Hubbard to more
accurately understand the natural variability expressed at the DNA-level for
desirable traits in their pedigree lines. Hubbard geneticists will be able to
quickly and accurately identify associations of predictive genetic markers with
economically important traits, including health, welfare, meat quality, breeder
and broiler traitsâ€, says Stephane Duthoit, CEO of Hubbard.
â€œIn the future the poultry industry will benefit from application of this
technology via the development of more desirable products for the avian
industry, and accelerate Hubbrd's ability to bring these improvements to the
Commenting on the agreement, Edwin Quattlebaum, CEO of MetaMorphix, said,
â€œWe are especially pleased to be partnering with hubbard in developing
predictive markers, as they are a leading poultry breeder which has a
long-standing history of being an innovator in providing poultry solutions that
focus on performance, health and well-eing of breeding stock.
â€œThis is a significant milestone for MetaMorphix as we
now have commercial agreements with industry leaders for our genomic technology
in all three major livestock species, including beef (Cargill
), swine (Monsanto
) and chicken (Hubbard). In
addition to further validating our genomic technology, we look forward to a
future royalty system under this agreement,â€ Quattlebaum added.
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