WSU accused of misappropriating beef genetics test


By Mateusz Perkowski, Capital Press (OR)

Apr 6, 2021


A cattle genetics company has filed a lawsuit accusing Washington State University of misappropriating its intellectual property for testing beef tenderness.


The complaint was filed by Tenet Beef, a company founded by retired WSU professor William Frank Hendrix and Callipyge Genetics LLC.


Tenet Beef developed a blood-based genetic test that could measure the tenderness of beef, which is intended to help ranchers raise “more marketable and better cattle, improving the overall quality and profitability of their herd,” according to the lawsuit.


The technology was developed over a decade of research in which blood samples from hundreds of cattle were collected to identify specific DNA markers associated with beef tenderness, the complaint said...