Genetics

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Inaugural Teri Lear Memorial Lecture Focused on Cytogenetics

November 23, 2017

Terje Raudsepp, PhD, presented in honor of UK equine genetics researcher Teri Lear, PhD, who passed away in 2016.... Read More

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Researchers Connect the Dots on Spotted Coat Color Genetics

November 16, 2017

Base coat color and horse sex appear to play significant roles in spotting patterns, researchers learned. ... Read More

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Getting Ahead of Gene Doping in Racehorses

November 09, 2017

Gene doping's effects, good or bad, remain unclear. It might not affect performance and could have serious side effects.... Read More

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Gene Mutation: No Performance Effect in Coldblooded Trotters

November 05, 2017

The "Gaitkeeper" gene mutation has been linked to success in trotting races in Standardbreds.... Read More

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Equine Genetics Research Center to Open in Australia

October 26, 2017

The center will DNA test all Thoroughbred foals and serve 30 other horse breed societies across Australia. ... Read More

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Equine Sex Chromosome Disorder Screening Test Validated

October 14, 2017

Researchers can now detect more than 90% of the chromosomal abnormalities in horses, including sex reversal syndrome.... Read More

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Foal Immunodeficiency Syndrome Test Available From Gluck

September 24, 2017

About 30% of Fell Ponies and 18% of Dales Ponies are mutation carriers. The syndrome is also found in Gypsy Horses.... Read More

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What Genetic Disorders are Breed Specific?

August 24, 2017

Dr. Ernest Bailey shares information about genetic diseases that related to specific breeds.... Read More

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Why Do Equine Genetic Disorders and Coat Color Seem Related?

August 24, 2017

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

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What's the Difference Between a Dominant and Recessive Gene?

August 23, 2017

Dr. Samantha Brooks explains how dominant and recessive genes differ and how they are expressed in individual horses.... Read More

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Collecting a Horse DNA Sample

August 22, 2017

Dr. Ernest Bailey explains how to collect a DNA sample from your horse and how the lab tests it.... Read More

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Researchers Investigate Naked Foal Syndrome in Akhal-Tekes

August 18, 2017

Researchers say naked foal syndrome is related to a nonsense gene variant and appears to be unique to Akhal-Tekes.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Genetic Disease Testing

August 15, 2017

Of the 270 respondents, only 74 (27%) said they've had a horse tested for a genetic disorder or disease. ... Read More

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Understanding Equine Genetic Diseases

August 10, 2017

Research is offering more insight into inherited diseases and conditions in our horses.... Read More

Oriental horses are the male ancestors of modern European stallions.

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Study: Most Modern Horses Descendants of Oriental Stallions

July 17, 2017

The paternal lines of nearly all modern horses trace to stallions brought to Europe from Asia over the last 700 years.... Read More

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Genetics and Genomics in Racing: Speed Isn't Everything

July 12, 2017

Genetic and genomic research could help veterinarians diagnose disease early and select more targeted treatments.... Read More

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Stranger Things: A Sunken Eyelid

July 12, 2017

What could be the cause of this horse's strange eyelid indentation? ... Read More

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Genomewide Study Identifies Arabian Horses' Risk for EMS

July 03, 2017

Researchers say this seems to confirm lore that some horse breeds are more susceptible to EMS than others.... Read More

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It's All in the Genes: Horse Traits and Heritability

June 13, 2017

Scientists are continuing to uncover which genes are responsible for certain traits in horses.... Read More

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How Horse Genetics Relate to Equestrian Disciplines

June 08, 2017

A scientific basis behind breeding can allow for more informed decisions as horse breeding and equestrian sports evolve.... Read More

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Study: Spotted Horse Coats Lost Luster in Middle Ages

June 04, 2017

In the Middle Ages sorrel horses outnumbered all other coat colors, with bay and black following close behind.... Read More

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Scientists Study Rapidly Adaptive Horse Breed

June 01, 2017

The Yakutian horse made one of the fastest evolutionary adaptations known in large mammals, in just 800 years.... Read More

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Genetic Risk Factor for Equine Eye Cancer Identified

May 25, 2017

Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common cancer found in equine eyes and the second most common equine tumor overall. ... Read More

Testing for the dwarfism and hydrocephaly mutations before breeding can help ensure a healthy foal results.

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Friesian Dwarfism, Hydrocephaly Genetic Tests Available

April 28, 2017

Genetic Testing at Gluck is offering tests to identify carriers of the dwarfism and hydrocephaly mutations.... Read More

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Equine Metabolic Syndrome: Is There a Genetic Link?

April 26, 2017

Certain breeds seem more susceptible to EMS. Dr. Amanda Adams shares information about possible genetic links.... Read More