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May 19, 2020

RSN927am: Mike Shelly On Equine Genetic Testing

Listen below to Plusvital’s CEO Mike Shelly give his views to Australia’s RSN927am on just how useful genetic testing can be for racehorse trainers and why he sees the practice becoming commonplace across the industry in future. Learn more about Plusvital’s cutting-edge genetic tests for Thoroughbreds here.

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February 13, 2020

Australian Breeders Capture Genes To Produce Winning Thoroughbreds

Australian Breeders Capture Genes To Produce Winning Thoroughbreds New research by scientists at University College Dublin and Irish equine science company Plusvital has identified the specific chromosomal regions that are favourable to horseracing in Australia and have been captured by breeders over generations to maximise success. A new study entitled ‘Selection in Australian Thoroughbred horses…

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January 20, 2020

Research Shows Inbreeding Is Increasing Rapidly Among Thoroughbred Racehorses

Research Shows Inbreeding Is Increasing Rapidly Among Thoroughbred Racehorses New research by scientists at University College Dublin and equine science company Plusvital has established that there has been a significant rise in inbreeding levels in the global thoroughbred population over the last 45 years.The research, published this week in the peer-reviewed journal Scientific Reports, analysed…

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October 9, 2019

The Benefits Of Genetic Testing for Horses in Training

The Benefits Of Genetic Testing for Horses in Training This article, entitled The Benefits of Genetic Testing for Horses in Training, was originally published in the Paulick Report on 4th October 2019.[vc_single_image image=”11647″ img_size=”1000×667″ alignment=”center”]Without a doubt, the successful training of Thoroughbred racehorses is a complicated process, which includes the formidable task of selecting a…

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August 1, 2019

Speed Gene Test Could Offer Clues On Yearling Returns

Speed Gene Test Goes Could Offer Clues On Yearling Returns This article, entitled Speed Gene Test Goes Beyond Track Performance; Could Offer Clues On Yearling Returns, was originally published in the Paulick Report on 31st July 2019.[vc_single_image image=”11154″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”]Pedigree is at the core of the Thoroughbred horse industry. For centuries, breeders and trainers have…

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July 25, 2019

Because Of Horses: Can Science Identify The Next Secretariat?

Because Of Horses: Can Science Identify The Next Secretariat? Listen to Plusvital’s Prof Emmeline Hill discuss how genetic testing is used to determine a horse’s optimal race distance and other important traits with Elise Gaston Chand on the Because of Horses podcast. Everyone knows one horse can run faster than the other, and they ask,…

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July 17, 2019

Ten Years On From The Discovery Of The Speed Gene

Incredulity To Acceptance: Ten Years On From The Discovery Of The Speed Gene Martin Stevens speaks to Professor Emmeline Hill about her breakthrough on the Speed Gene This article, entitled Incredulity To Acceptance: Ten Years On From The Discovery Of The Speed Gene, was originally published in The Racing Post on 16th July 2019.[vc_single_image image=”11164″…

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July 12, 2019

ESPN In The Gate Podcast: The Motivator Gene

ESPN In The Gate Podcast: The Motivator Gene “Pedigree is like seeing the world in black and white, we can now put colour and dimension on that pedigree by using genetics” Listen below to Plusvital’s Prof. Emmeline Hill speak about the ‘Motivator Gene’ and everything related to genetic testing in Thoroughbreds on her return to…

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July 3, 2019

‘Motivator Gene’ Behind Why So Many Thoroughbred Horses Never Race

Researchers Identify ‘Motivator Gene’ Which May Explain Why So Many Thoroughbred Horses Never Race Role of one gene, dubbed the ‘Motivator Gene’ identified as key New research by scientists at University College Dublin and equine science company Plusvital has established that genes associated with behaviour, including a gene dubbed the ‘Motivator Gene’, may play as…

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June 4, 2019

Bloodline: The Search For Speed

Bloodline: The Search For Speed [vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rHZCtwl-hw” align=”center”]Bloodline is a short film that depicts historical selective breeding of horses for speed with a focus on Ireland’s contribution to excellence in Thoroughbred horse breeding. The film emphasises the significance of Science Foundation Ireland‘s funded research into Thoroughbred horse genomics at University College Dublin in the context…

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