Sunday, September 23, 2012

gaited gene

There has been much speculation about a gene or genes which cause lateral and ambling gaits in horses. Recently, a study was done in Sweden and a paper published. The interesting thing is that their research, based on horses and mice, showed that a single gene is responsible.

If find that amazing. Certainly, there was never a doubt in my mind that "gaitedness" is genetic, but I always expected it to be a complex matter, with several genes involved, and maybe enhanced by certain types of conformation.

Anyway, I'm sure that this is just the beginning of more of such interesting discoveries.

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