Sunday, January 24, 2016

It's all in the genes!


Horse genetics is fascinating!

Two of my favorites include:

Chimeras (i.e. two embryos fuse in-utero)

link here





and Birdcatcher Spots (genetic cause unknown)






And of course, I've never made hypothetical foals ;)


link here



Because Tesla was an IVF baby, I had to do a paternity test in order to register her.


Link here

You pull out a twist of mane, follicles intact for a DNA extraction and sequencing of SNPs, and they send you the results in the mail.

Who's your daddy?

LoL









2 comments:

  1. My mare has birdcatcher spots, tho not as extensive as the example you showed. Funniest thing with them is that they *move* - they're not always in the same places as her coat changes. Crazy. Anyway if you're really into coat genetics the blog equine tapestry has a ton of useful info and gorgeous pics, tho it's not updated much any more...

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  2. Such fun! I wonder what the molecular mechanism is behind that....some sort of differential gene expression or chromatin changes.....Thanks for the recommendation!

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