Researchers working to crack the Equine genome
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In this hopeful article we see that work is underway to map-out he genetic structures of horses:
"The original goal of the Workshop," says Bailey, "was to develop a gene map that would be useful for identifying genes that cause hereditary diseases in horses."
This research can potentially help to prevent “equine dwarfism, a serious problem among miniature horses in the USA.
The costs are relatively modest, a fraction of he cost of mapping the human genome:
Compared to the $3 billion in funding that was consumed by the human genome effort, the price tag of the horse genome project is relatively modest, estimated to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $25 to $50 million. . .
"Right now," Antczak explains, "the appearance of the horse genome is comparable to a map of the Earth generated by a satellite. We can see a broad outline, but we don't have the fine details. When the project is finished, we'll have a better picture, like a roadmap. We'll be able to see the individual street signs."
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