Two Gluck Equine Research Center faculty members and an adjunct professor at the Gluck Center will speak at the 2011 Thoroughbred Pedigree, Genetics, and Performance Conference that will be held Sept. 7-8 at the Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington, Ky.

James MacLeod, VMD, PhD, John S. and Elizabeth A. Knight chair, will speak about "Genetics 101: Basic terminology and concepts of gene structure and expression," and Ernie Bailey, PhD, will speak about "Genetics 101: Understanding basic genetic terms and applications." Matthew Binns, PhD, an adjunct professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Veterinary Science, will speak about "Improving the efficiency of selecting Thoroughbred horses using molecular genetics." Binns works with The Genetic Edge in Midway, Ky.

The conference is presented by The Blood-Horse and Pedigree Consultants and was designed to complement the Thoroughbred Pedigree and Genetics Symposium last year. Internationally renowned pedigree, genetics, and performance physiology experts will share their knowledge on the latest in pedigree analysis, genetics research, and equine physiology testing as it relates to Thoroughbred performance. More information is available online.

Jenny Blandford is the Gluck Equine Research Foundation coordinator at the Gluck Center.

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