Divergent selection of broiler chickens for plasma very low density lipoprotein (VLDL) concentration has produced a 3 to 5-fold difference in rate of hepatic VLDL secretion and major changes in body composition and feed efficiency. Selection for low -VLDL concentration appears to have reached a limit because VLDL concentration in the plasma no longer reflects rates of VLDL secretion and further progress in reducing body fat content will probably require selection directly for low rates of VLDL secretion.
Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume XVI. Poultry, fish and horse genetics and breeding, growth and reproduction, immune response and disease resistance., , 41–43, 1990
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