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Textbooks of general genetics rarely mention horses. Horse breeders an d those taking courses in equine studies do not find it easy to relate fruit flies, pea plants and mice to practical horse breeding. There i s therefore a need for a book which provides an overview of genetic pr inciples using horses as the primary examples. This book aims to fill this gap. The author, who has both practical and academic experience i n this subject, has distilled facts and ideas to provide relevant exam ples in a jargon-free way, while still maintaining scientific rigor.

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"Horse breeders will find nothing like it. In its 200 pages, the book neatly presents and summarizes the current state of knowledge of horse genetics . . . Students and scientists will find this as valuable a resource as horse owners and breeders . . . . If you have been waiting for a clear, concise, and authoritative discussion of horse genetics, here it is. Horse Genetics is an important addition to any equine library." --Arabian Visions

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851991016
  • Publisher: CAB International North America
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Series: Cabi Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

University of California, Davis
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Table of Contents

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Ch. 1 Basic genetics 1
Ch. 2 Black, bay and chestnut 19
Ch. 3 Color diluting genes 25
Ch. 4 White, gray and roan 34
Ch. 5 Tobiano 43
Ch. 6 Overo 59
Ch. 7 Leopard (appaloosa) spotting 73
Ch. 8 Putting it all together: color genotypes and phenotypes 76
Ch. 9 White markings 77
Ch. 10 Parentage testing of horses 82
Ch. 11 Medical genetics 97
Ch. 12 The horse karyotype and chromosomal abnormalities 115
Ch. 13 Genetics of performance traits 123
Ch. 14 Pedigrees and breeding schemes 129
Ch. 15 Sorting out factors in development: genetics vs. environment and sire vs. dam 141
Ch. 16 Genetic descriptions of breeds 146
Ch. 17 The horse gene map 155
Ch. 18 Equus 161
Ch. 19 Frequently asked questions 167
Ch. 20 Where are we going from here? 181
References 183
Index 195
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