UC Davis Study: Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome Not Associated With Catastrophic Breakdown In Thoroughbreds

Researchers at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine have published the results of a study that investigated the frequency of the Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome (WFFS) mutation in Thoroughbreds. The study demonstrated that the WFFS mutation is not a genetic risk factor for catastrophic breakdown and is only present at a very low frequency […]

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Genetic Differences Determine If Standardbreds Trot Or Pace

Scientists have recently identified genetic variants that are responsible for determining whether a horse trots or paces. An algorithm has been created that is 99.4 percent accurate at determining which way a horse will move. Prior to this discovery, it was known that a “gait-keeper gene” existed; mutations on the DMTR3 gene resulted in a […]

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Coat Color Quirks: The Result Of Gene Mutations?

Why do some animals look like they’re wearing socks? Horses alone can have everything from a bit of white around their coronet band to white reaching well past their knees. This pigmentation of white areas can occur in horses, deer, pigs, guinea pigs, birds and humans, though it’s most prominent in cats. Scientifically called “piebaldism,” […]

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Researchers Pinpoint The Cause Of Naked Foal Syndrome Thanks To Gene Sequencing

Akhal-Teke horses, a breed native to Turkmenistan, are known for their endurance, speed, intelligence and distinctive metallic sheen. This breed is also susceptible to a condition known as Naked Foal Syndrome, in which foals are born with almost no hair and scaly skin. Horses with the condition die between a few weeks old and 3 […]

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Cancer Comparison: Horses, Dogs And Humans

Mucosal melanoma, a rare subtype of melanoma, has been detected in horses, dogs and humans; a new study has found key genes that will help create new cancer therapies. Researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute and colleagues from multiple other institutes studied 28 horse, 45 human and 65 dog melanomas, and were able to identify […]

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Wasting Away: Gene Mutation Responsible For Wasting Disorder In Quarter Horses

A genetic mutation of the MYH1 gene is responsible for a muscle wasting condition that is most commonly found in Quarter Horses. Though rare, immune mediated myositis (IMM), is an autoimmune disease where the immune system of the horse attacks the skeletal muscles, causing rapid wasting of the topline muscles. The condition can also be […]

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Genetic Risk Factor Identified For Equine Eye Cancer

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the most common cancer found in equine eyes and the second most common tumor of the horse overall. Thanks to a recent genetic study led by UC Davis, horse owners can now identify horses at risk for ocular SCC and make informed breeding decisions. In the cover article for the […]

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