|The research involved collection of information and skin samples from more than 50 horses, which were examined at veterinary schools including UC-Davis and Colorado State University, and by private practitioners.
Phase two of the study will evaluate pedigrees on horses diagnosed with the disease to establish a mode of inheritance. Lastly, scientists plan to develop a test for the trait.
White says researchers hope to find where the animals differ in their DNA from normal horses, to locate any defects.
Source: UC-Davis tackles hereditary disease research. DVM Newsmagazine March 19, 2004. www.dvmnewsmagazine.com/dvm/