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First Posted Dec 2, 2009
Jan 13, 2012

Molecular Tests for Coat Colours in Horses

Molecular tests for coat colours in horses/PubMed
Author: Rieder, Stefan
Source: Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Volume 126, Number 6, December 2009 , pp. 415-424(10)
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing

"Colour phenotypes may have played a major role during early domestication events and initial selection among domestic animal species. As coat colours mostly follow a relatively simple mode of Mendelian inheritance, they have been among the first traits to be systematically analysed at the molecular level. As a result of the number of genetic tools developed during the past decade, horse coat colour tests have been designed and are now commercially available for some of the basic phenotypes. These tests enable breeders to verify segregation within particular pedigrees, to select specific colour phenotypes according to market demand or studbook policies and to avoid complex inherited diseases associated with some of the colour patterns. This paper reviews the relevance of the topic, describes all currently available tests for coat colours in horses and addresses also ongoing research in this field..."

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