genetic testing

The Benefits Of Genetic Testing for Horses in Training

Without a doubt, the successful training of Thoroughbred racehorses is a complicated process, which includes the formidable task of selecting a suitable race for each horse. While the conventional methods of doing so  are well understood augmenting them with the support of genetic testing can ensure that each horse is given the best opportunity to […]

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Speed Gene Test Goes Beyond Track Performance; Could Offer Clues On Yearling Returns

Pedigree is at the core of the Thoroughbred horse industry. For centuries, breeders and trainers have looked to the achievements and traits of previous generations with a view to making successful breeding or racing decisions. One only has to look at the sales prices achieved by yearlings with a bloodline perceived as attractive to understand […]

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Don’t Be Duped: Scientific Standards For Genetic Testing Released

The scientists whose research created the Horse Genome Project began meeting in 1995 and most recently met in Italy in September of 2018. The group met to create a set of genetic testing standards that reinforce the need for scientific validation when using research discoveries in clinical practice. The Horse Genome Project is a group […]

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Will DNA Profiling Create The Perfect Thoroughbred? Hold Your Horses, Experts Say

A new clause began showing up in the breeding contract of at least one major Central Kentucky stud farm this winter: language informing mare owners that by signing, they are giving permission to stallion farms to collect broodmares’ hair samples for identity confirmation and possibly genetic analysis. From the stallion owner’s perspective, building a cache […]

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Hagyard Equine Medical Institute To Partner with Plusvital For Genetic Testing

Irish equine science company Plusvital is delighted to announce a partnership with Hagyard Equine Medical Institute to offer a range of genetic tests for Thoroughbred horses. Powered by Equinome’s cutting edge genomic tools, the genetic tests analyse the DNA of a horse to predict optimum race distance, optimum race surface and performance potential. Speaking at […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: The Future Of Equine Genetics?

Thanks to innovations in science over the past several decades, genomic testing and profiling has become accessible to the masses. Services like 23andMe and Ancestry.com allow customers to learn about their ethnicity, pre-dispositions to disease, biologic tendencies and more, simply by submitting a saliva sample via mail or at a doctor’s office. Stop and think […]

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Genetic Testing In Horses: Out With The Old?

Genetic testing, like many areas of equine medicine, has grown at a remarkable pace. Consider, for example, that genetic tests for many diseases are now available and that a complete map of the equine genome occurred in 2007. Not only did these medical advances help improve the health of individual horses and the vigor of breeding programs, […]

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Plusvital Launches Four New Thoroughbred Genetic Tests

Plusvital, an Irish equine science company, announced Monday the launch of an expanded suite of genetic tests. Included are four entirely new tests: Dirt v Turf v1.0; Distance Plus v1.0; ElitePerformance v3.0 and Raced/Unraced v1.0. According to thoroughbreddailynews.com, Dirf v Turf v1.0 is a test for genetic affinity for a particular surface, Distance Plus v1.0 […]

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Genetic Testing For Stamina Could Pose Problems For Epsom Derby

A genetic test developed by Equinome is said to be able to predict a horse’s ability to get the classic distance of 12 furlongs. Galileo Gold, winner of the 2000 Guineas at one mile, has been taken out of contention for the Epsom Derby next Saturday, according to The Guardian, because the results of that […]

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Report: Genetics Could Be the Key to Horses’ Running Styles

Genetics testing may be catching on in the Thoroughbred world, according to a report published in Nautilus. Research by Irish scientist Emmeline Hill suggests that horses have one of three genetic codes for the amount of muscling they will carry: CC, CT, or TT (the Cs and Ts indicating cytosine and thymine, two of the four […]

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