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A novel method of measuring the melting point of animal fats

Lloyd, S.S.ORCID: 0000-0002-0118-3094, Dawkins, S.T. and Dawkins, R.L. (2014) A novel method of measuring the melting point of animal fats. Journal of Animal Science, 92 (10). pp. 4775-4778.

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The melting point (TM) of fat is relevant to health, but available methods of determining TM are cumbersome. One of the standard methods of measuring TM for animal and vegetable fats is the slip point, also known as the open capillary method. This method is imprecise and not amenable to automation or mass testing. We have developed a technique for measuring TM of animal fat using the Rotor-Gene Q (Qiagen, Hilden, Germany). The assay has an intra-assay SD of 0.08°C. A single operator can extract and assay up to 250 samples of animal fat in 24 h, including the time to extract the fat from the adipose tissue. This technique will improve the quality of research into genetic and environmental contributions to fat composition of meat.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: American Society of Animal Science
Copyright: © 2014 American Society of Animal Science
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