Advances in Equine Research: 'Spotting" the Genes for Color in the Horse

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Have you ever wondered how a horse gets a particular color pattern or what color your foal might be if his parents are two different colors? This webinar by seasoned horse geneticist, Dr. Samantha Brooks, will help answer those questions and much more. She will discuss the basic horse coat colors, how they are modified to form patterns, and some important color associated disorders. If you’re interested in breeding horses for specific colors or patterns, you don’t want to miss this webinar!

A lifelong horse woman, Dr. Samantha Brooks was diverted from vet school by a budding passion for equine research. Following a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Biotechnology, Dr. Brooks remained at the University of Kentucky to study at the Gluck Equine Research Center. While there she earned her PhD in Veterinary Science, specializing in Equine Genetics under the mentorship of Dr. Ernest Bailey. Following her PhD she was awarded the Paul Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship to study the expression of inflammatory genes in horses affected with laminitis. Her research program at the University of Florida explores a variety of topics relevant to horse health ranging from gene expression studies to mapping of genetic disorders in the horse. Previously her research group discovered genetic mutations and markers for coat colors, height, sarcoid tumors and two neurological conditions. Ongoing work targets variation in gait, susceptibility to infectious disease, metabolic syndrome and skeletal defects using genome wide association, genome re-sequencing and transcriptomics technologies.

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