Equine Color Genetics and Deoxyribonucleic Acid TestingJulie Ann Luiz Adrian DVM*
College of Pharmacy, University of Hawaii, 200 West Kawili St. Hilo, HI 96720-4091, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Julie Ann Luiz Adrian DVM
College of Pharmacy, University of Hawaii at Hilo
200 West Kawili St. Hilo, HI 96720, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: January 05, 2013; Accepted date: January 29, 2013; Published date: January 31, 2013
Citation: Julie Ann Luiz Adrian DVM (2013) Equine Color Genetics and Deoxyribonucleic Acid Testing. J Veterinar Sci Technol 4:134. doi:10.4172/2157-7579.1000134
Copyright: © 2013 Julie Ann Luiz Adrian DVM. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Horses appear in a variety of coat colors and patterns, varying from solid red, black, or white to dapples and pearls, and in patterns like appaloosas and paints. These colors and patterns are managed by genes that may be associated with undesirable flaws or defects that can be fatal, such as the Lethal White Syndrome. Because deoxyribonucleic acid testing is now available to horse breeders, owners, and veterinarians, it is important to understand the fundamental concepts of dominant and recessive genes, genetics, and the potential for flaws to be expressed. Genetic testing can be performed to satisfy curiosity or to implement life saving measures to prevent the death of an offspring.