Equine Genetics and Breeding
- Module code
- Module leader
- Andrew Hemmings
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 150 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 50 hours
- Teaching period
- October - March Friday am
An appraisal of emerging genetic science as applied to the horse. The link between gene and protein is explored through detailed consideration of mutations and subsequent diseased phenotype. Newly characterised diseases such as Fell Pony Syndrome and Lavender Foal Syndrome will provide the focus in this respect. In depth review of modern breeding strategies such as GM and cloning. Evolutionary perspectives, developments in performance genetics and the inheritance of behaviour.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Function as independent scientists during the design, optimisation and experimental utilisation of laboratory protocols.
- Critically evaluate the potential of traditional and recent scientific approaches to genetic improvement strategies.
- Review and analyse the extent to which mutations affect the phenotype or remain silent.
- Discuss the extent to which ‘molecular’ techniques can enhance our knowledge of breed evolution.
|Coursework||1 x essay||50%|
|Examination||1 x 3 hour unseen exam||50%|
Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:
- Bowling, A.T. (1995). Horse Genetics. CAB. Wallingford.
- Bowling, A.T. (2000). Genetics of the Horse. CAB. Wallingford.
- Brinsko, S.P. (2011). Manual of Equine Reproduction. (3rd edition). Mosby.
- Sponenberg, P. (2009). Equine Colour Genetics. (3rd edition). Wiley-Blackwell.
- Harrison, S. (2006). Mitochondrial DNA markers of thoroughbred performance. Mitochondirion. Vol. 26, pp116-121.
- Hill, E. (2010). A genome-wide SNP-association study confirms a sequence variant (g.66493737C>T) in the equine myostatin (MSTN) gene as the most powerful predictor of optimum racing distance for Thoroughbred racehorses. BMC Genomics. Vol. 11, p552.
- Leeb, T. (2006). Genetic markers of stallion infertility. Animal Genetics. Vol. 40, pp336-341.