Hyperelastosis Cutis & HERDA

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Understanding Equine Genetic Diseases

Research is offering more insight into inherited diseases and conditions in our horses. Learn more about HYPP, PSSM, overo lethal white syndrome, lavender foal syndrome, HERDA, SCID, and more.

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Genetic Conditions by Body System

Testing for and identifying which horses could potentially be affected by genetic conditions is important not only for buyers and breeders but also for the overall health of the breed itself.

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What’s In Your Horse’s DNA?

Geneticists have created tools and tests that help horse breeders select for healthy foals. Furthermore, access to the equine genome means scientists can examine common diseases and conditions and find ways to prevent (and one day treat) them.

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HERDA: Skin Characteristics

Horses with the hereditary skin disease known as hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia (HERDA) or hyperelastosis cutis (HC) have been recognized since the 1970s, but only recently have researchers defined just how much weaker their skin is

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More Than Skin Deep?

It was two years ago–in April of 2004–that this magazine published the announcement that the Poco Bueno Quarter Horse sire line had been identified as carrying the recessive gene that causes hyperelastosis cutis (HC, also known as hereditary

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