Emmeline W. Hill, Jingjing Gu, Suzanne S. Eivers, Rita G. Fonseca, Beatrice A. McGivney, Preethi Govindarajan, Nick Orr, Lisa M. Katz, David MacHugh. A Sequence Polymorphism in MSTN Predicts Sprinting Ability and Racing Stamina in Thoroughbred Horses. PLoS ONE, 2010; 5 (1): e8645 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0008645
Thursday, February 11, 2010
"Speed Gene" Identified in Thoroughbreds
Equinome, a biotech company based at University College Dublin, has identified a "speed gene" in Thoroughbred horses. The gene may help identify the distance over which a horse is ideally suited to race. It is the first time that a gene variant has been linked to an athletic phenotype in racehorses.