With the barbeque season upon us timely work from AgResearch has discovered a gene believed to determine the tenderness of meat.

Fuelled by an investment from Meat and Wool New Zealand, a research project is under way looking at a specific meat tenderness gene in New Zealand cattle known as Calpain-1.

The gene is present in all cattle as well as other species, including humans. But ironically there are two versions of the gene -- one producing tenderness and the other toughness.

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