The aim of this work was to verify the possibility to use molecular methodologies and optimize a deterministic method for the assessment of a genetic ovine meat using the analysis of coat color gene polymorphisms. The studied animals, 5 for each breed, belong to 7 Italian sheep breeds. This work has investigated the polymorphism of six candidate coat colour genes. Several polymorphisms were found and some of them are new. An Agouti allele that seems to be specific to the Altamurana Breed and an allele of TYRP2 specific to the Sarda Breed were identified. This research highlights the presence of characteristics that encourage further studies of these genes taking into consideration a larger number of animals.
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