Genetic testing for performance in horses


The application of genetic testing for performance in horses

Genetics is a field that has exploded in the past 20 years. One of the key landmarks was the mapping of the full horse genome in 2006 which was known as the Horse Genome Project and which mapped 2.7 billion DNA base pairs. The full map was released in 2009 and this has paved the way for a tremendous amount of research into disease but also into performance. Whilst most horse owners would likely support the use of genetic testing to understand or eradicate disease, the use of genetic techniques . . .

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Dr David Marlin is a physiologist and biochemist who has worked in academia, research and professional sport. He has worked in the equestrian and veterinary world and in human sport, healthcare, medicine and exercise science. In 1989 David obtained his PhD from the UK’s leading sports university, Loughborough University following a four-year study on the responses of Thoroughbred racehorses to exercise and training, undertaken at the renowned Animal Health Trust in Newmarket. You can read David's full biography in the Our Website section.