Research

Leading the field in equine genomics research

Plusvital has an extensive research team led by Chief Science Officer, Professor Emmeline Hill. Our team of world-leading scientists has expertise in molecular biology, genomics, bioinformatics, computational biology, equine exercise physiology, veterinary science, statistics and nutrition.

Our research is ongoing and ensures the most accurate and informative tests for genetic performance potential. Members of our research team have published over 200 scientific papers and 9 book chapters. A selection of these papers can be read by clicking the links and entering your details below.

We currently have a close research relationship with University College Dublin, Ireland, with global links to elite breeders and trainers within the Thoroughbred industry. We combine state-of-the-art genomics technology with large numbers of top-class horses at various stages of training and competition. We have tested over 14,000 horses, and over 1,000 Black Type individuals. Our clients are based in 28 countries, including all major racing jurisdictions.

Research Papers

Genome-Wide Analysis Reveals Selection for Important Traits in Domestic Horse Breeds.

20 Feb 2017

Genome-Wide Analysis Reveals Selection for Important Traits in Domestic Horse Breeds. Selective breeding in horses focuses on preserving and improving traits related to aesthetics and performance. This study found that the Speed Gene is highly desirable to Pai... / Read more »

Mitochondrial DNA D-loop sequence variation in maternal lineages of Iranian native horses.

20 Feb 2017

Mitochondrial DNA D-loop sequence variation in maternal lineages of Iranian native horses. Archaeological evidence indicates the presence of horses in Iran as early as 3000 BC. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) D-loop sequences were generated for 95 horses from five b... / Read more »

Thoroughbred racehorse mitochondrial DNA demonstrates closer than expected links between maternal genetic history and pedigree records.

20 Feb 2017

Thoroughbred racehorse mitochondrial DNA demonstrates closer than expected links between maternal genetic history and pedigree records. Pedigree analysis is one of the main methods used to ascertain future potential for racing performance. Despite the importan... / Read more »

Genome-wide association study of osteochondrosis in the tarsocrural joint of Dutch Warmblood horses identifies susceptibility loci on chromosomes 3 and 10.

20 Feb 2017

Genome-wide association study of osteochondrosis in the tarsocrural joint of Dutch Warmblood horses identifies susceptibility loci on chromosomes 3 and 10. This study found putative associations between the occurrence of osteochondrosis in Dutch Warmblood hors... / Read more »

The relationship between body composition, training and race performance in a group of Thoroughbred flat racehorses.

20 Feb 2017

The relationship between body composition, training and race performance in a group of Thoroughbred flat racehorses. Body composition is a non-invasive way of assessing an athlete’s potential for performance. This study identified a significant link between ... / Read more »

Effect of Training on PPARGC1A and FNDC5 Gene Expression in Thoroughbred Horses.

20 Feb 2017

Effect of Training on PPARGC1A and FNDC5 Gene Expression in Thoroughbred Horses. PGC-1? and irisin, encoded by PPARGC1A and FNDC5 genes, play key roles in mediating the beneficial effects of exercise. This study investigated the responses of PPARGC1A and FNDC5... / Read more »

Candidate Gene SNP Associations With Fat-Free Mass (FFM) Measurements in Horses-In-Training.

20 Feb 2017

Candidate Gene SNP Associations With Fat-Free Mass (FFM) Measurements in Horses-In-Training. This study examined the effect of six candidate genes with functions in growth and metabolism on fat-free mass – an indicator of muscle mass – in Thoroughbred hors... / Read more »

Investigation of MSTN Genotype Association with VO2peak in Untrained Yearlings.

20 Feb 2017

Investigation of MSTN Genotype Association with VO2peak in Untrained Yearlings. This study investigated the association between myostatin variations and VO2peak in 41 untrained yearling Thoroughbreds. No association between myostatin genotype and untrained pea... / Read more »

A Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (BIEC2-808543) on ECA3 Is Associated with Recurrent Laryngeal Neuropathy Independent of Height in Thoroughbred Horses.

20 Feb 2017

A Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (BIEC2-808543) on ECA3 Is Associated with Recurrent Laryngeal Neuropathy Independent of Height in Thoroughbred Horses. Previous studies have suggested that increased risk of recurrent laryngeal neuropathy (RLN) is linked to a v... / Read more »

Prehistoric genomes reveal the genetic foundation and cost of horse domestication.

20 Feb 2017

Prehistoric genomes reveal the genetic foundation and cost of horse domestication. The genetics underlying horse domestication are difficult to reconstruct, given the near extinction of wild horses. Two ancient horse genomes, both predating the earliest archeo... / Read more »

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