Genetics Unbridled - Horse DNA & Technology Powered by Etalon Equine Genetics

Discovery Alert: Join the Nerd Herd to Learn about Eden Whites

December 07, 2023 Etalon Equine Genetics
Genetics Unbridled - Horse DNA & Technology Powered by Etalon Equine Genetics
Discovery Alert: Join the Nerd Herd to Learn about Eden Whites
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Unleash your inner scientist in the world of equine genetics. In this episode, we're joined by our very own Aiden McFadden, Katie Martin, and Dr. Robin Everts to learn about the HPS5 gene. This isn't your everyday discovery - this gene is a key player in the white markings observed in horses. We dissect the different alleles of this gene and extrapolate the physical phenotypes one could potentially observe in horses that have them. Groundbreaking discoveries like this haven't happen for a decade in the equine world, making this not just a thrilling revelation for us, but for equine enthusiasts and professionals alike. 

We also take the reins to discuss depigmentation in horses and the role of EDX Whites. Delving into our understanding of this gene, its function in melanogenesis, and the intriguing connection to depigmentation found in other species like zebrafish and humans.  As we wrap up this episode, we hope you come away with not just a newfound appreciation for horse color genetics but an understanding of its significance in revealing the appearance, history, and potential health issues of horses. So why wait? Immerse yourself in the exploration of equine genetics!

Aiden explains Eden Whites
Genetic Mutations and Phenotypes in Humans and Horses
Discovering and Understanding Horse Color Genetics