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Sequence Variants At The Myostatin Gene Locus Influence The Body Composition Of Thoroughbred Horses

Sequence Variants At The Myostatin Gene Locus Influence The Body Composition Of Thoroughbred Horses

Sequence Variants At The Myostatin Gene Locus Influence The Body Composition Of Thoroughbred Horses: This study examined the effect of myostatin genotype on body composition in 91 male and female Thoroughbred horses prior to the onset of training. Significant differences in body weight/withers height were associated with three genotypes at the myostatin gene, likely due to the influence of body weight rather than withers height, and individuals with the C:C genotype displayed the greatest mass when compared with T:T horses.

Tozaki T, Sato F, Hill EW, Miyake T, Endo Y, Kakoi H, Gawahara H, Hirota K, Nakano Y, Nambo Y, Kurosawa M. Journal of Veterinary Medical Science. 2011 Dec;73(12):1617-24.

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