Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | November 9, 2009

Kentucky environmental attorney Sanders says scientists has decoded the genome of domestic horse, is genetically altered super horse on the way?

An international team of genetic researchers has decoded the genome of the domestic horse Equus caballus. The genetic study revealed a genome structure with remarkable similarities to humans.  Like other mammals, the two species share much of the same DNA.

The study may be helpful to more than horses and breeding horses in the future.  Horses suffer from more than 90 hereditary diseases that show similarities to those in humans.  Horse breeders in Kentucky are anxiously watching this event for the eventual breeding of a genetic super-duper horse, such as Secretariat.

 The study was based on a ten-year-collaboration among many scientists around the world and is commonly known as the Horse Genome Project. See Wade et al. Genome sequence, comparative analysis, and population genetics of the domestic horse. Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1178158.

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