Why Do Equine Genetic Disorders and Coat Color Seem Related?

Lavender foal, lethal white, blindness, and deafness are all color-related genetic problems. Dr. Brooks explains.

Lavender foal, lethal white, blindness, and deafness are all color-related genetic problems. Dr. Samantha Brooks explains.

This podcast is an excerpt from our Ask The Horse Live event, Understanding Equine Genetic Diseases. Listen to the full recording here

About the Experts

Samantha Brooks, PhD

Samantha Brooks, PhD, is a professor of equine physiology at the University of Florida, in Gainesville. Her research program explores a variety of horse health topics, including gene expression studies and mapping of genetic disorders in the horse. Previously, her research group discovered genetic mutations and markers for coat colors, height, sarcoid tumors, and two neurologic conditions. Her ongoing work targets gait variations, infectious disease susceptibility, metabolic syndrome, and skeletal defects using genomewide association, genome resequencing, and transcriptomics.