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Horse Genome Project


International Equine Genome Mapping Workshop
The 8th Dorothy Russell Havemeyer Foundation International Equine Genome Mapping Workshop took place near Newmarket, UK from July 22 to 25, 2009...[more]

Writers at the Louisville Courier Journal recently won the 2008 Media Eclipse Award for journalism based on an article about Thoroughbred racing and break-downs. They published a 3 part story, including genetics, track surfaces and medications. In connection with the genetics section they interviewed several members of the Horse Genome Project. See the accompanying links for the full stories on the 2008 Media Eclipse Award and the article itself.

Courier-Journal Web site wins award for horse project
Genetics may hold key to Injury-prone horses
[December 2008]

The first draft of the horse genome sequence was recently completed and deposited...
[JAVMA News, April 2007]

Data on Equine Genome Freely Available to Researchers Worldwide
[NIH News, February 2007]

The first genome map of a horse is complete, providing scientists with new tools for investigating equine disease. [ April 2006]


The Horse Genome Project is a cooperative international effort by over 100 scientists in 20 countries to define the genome, the DNA sequence, of the domestic horse. With this knowledge, scientists can begin to understand the genetic aspects of equine physiology and disease. Genetic tools have the potential to help researchers find new therapies and treatments for diseases such as laminitis, respiratory diseases, etc.

Some horsemen may worry that once the horse genome is sequenced, all the mystery and magic will be gone from horse breeding and ownership -- colorful characters around a racetrack replaced by colorless scientists with computer printouts and test tubes.  Fear not.  The study of the horse genome is more like studying the weather than inventing a sports car.  Consider the following. All our research on the weather has shown we can experience a sunny day in Florida knowing that a hurricane will arrive in two days, but we cannot change the hurricane.  Still the knowledge allows us to make choices; when the hurricane approaches we can abandon town or we can shore up our foundations.  Successful use of genomic tools will help the horse breeders, veterinarians and horse owners to do better what they already do… anticipate problems, predict outcomes and enjoy the unique interaction between horses and people.


This website has been developed with support from the USDA-NRSP8 Horse Coordinator’s funds, the Dorothy Russell Havemeyer Foundation, the Morris Animal Foundation and the University of Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station.


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