Hal gene

Hal gene

determines the susceptibility of pigs to porcine stress syndrome and the risk for having pale exudative meat at slaughter.
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In pigs the Hal gene locates on chromosome 6 and contains 2 alleles: a normal allele (HalN) and a recessive mutant allele (Haln).
Unlike the Hal gene, the RN gene has an effect on the extent, but not the rate, of pH fall (pH 24 h <5.
A significant interaction between the Hal gene and the RN gene was demonstrated on porcine carcass and meat quality characteristics including subjective color, firmness, marbling scores, and for shear force (Hamilton et al.