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Research project for equine hereditary diseases started
Hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia is the focal point of new research at the University of California-Davis (UC-Davis). Dr. Stephen White, a board-certified an worldwide known dermatologist at UC-Davis is the leader of the project.

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/





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