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Bad Breeding (makes Unicorns)

Bad Breeding (makes Unicorns)
Yes, we are aware that this is not how genetics work, but sometimes a "bad breeding" can create something special and unique, right?

Five-Panel Clear - HERDA, HYPP, PSSM1, GBED, MH

Five-Panel Clear - HERDA, HYPP, PSSM1, GBED, MH
If you (or your horse) is clear of these five genetic diseases, be proud. Wear the five stars and show everyone you select for health!

Grey gene - STX17

Grey gene - STX17
Grey is a coat color modifier that leads to progressive loss of pigmentation. This is caused by a mutation on the STX17 gene, and can start as early as a few days after birth.

Got Chrome? - White Pattern Genes

Got Chrome? - White Pattern Genes
White spotting patterns in horses can be caused by several different genes. KIT is the most famous gene, but other ones also add "chrome"!

Extra Frosting - Rabicano

Extra Frosting - Rabicano
Rabicano, "ticking" or "skunk tail" is a white pattern in horses that can vary in expression from a small "frosting" over the tail to an almost roan appearance. Yet, its genetic causes are still unkno

Splashed White Loading - MITF and PAX3 genes

Splashed White Loading - MITF and PAX3 genes
MITF and PAX3 are the two known causative genes for a white pattern called Splashed White.

Tobiano - KIT gene inversion

Tobiano - KIT gene inversion
The Tobiano pattern is one of the most interesting ones, genetically speaking. Discovered by Dr. Samantha Brooks, it is caused by an inversion on the horse chromosome 3!

Twilight - Genetics Superstar

Twilight - Genetics Superstar
Twilight is a Thoroughbred mare bred and raised at the McConnville Barn at Cornell University. She provided the DNA for the whole genome sequence of the horse.

BLAT to EquCab 3.0

BLAT to EquCab 3.0
The 3.0 version of the horse genome sequence was released in early 2018, and it is one of the most complete and best genomes between all sequenced species!

Horse

Horse "Jeans"
From our Horse Genetics class, a clever wordplay on "horse genes"!

Future Scientist - Horse Genetics

Future Scientist - Horse Genetics
Our extension work is always bringing knowledge from the lab to the young public as well. We love encouraging young scientists.

Got Sweat? - Humans and Horses

Got Sweat? - Humans and Horses
Horses, humans and some monkeys are the only species to utilize sweat as their primary form of thermoregulation. We are, in fact, 84% genetically similar to horses.

56 MYA - LATH gene Copy Number Variant

56 MYA - LATH gene Copy Number Variant
The LATH gene has developed an unique function in equids (horses, zebras, donkeys...) over 56 million years.

Horse Size - LCORL gene

Horse Size - LCORL gene
The LCORL gene explains about 68% of the horse size variation, and its variant connected to larger size is present in several draft and large horse breeds.


 
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