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VGL-led Team Identifies Genetic Variant Associated with Distichiasis in Friesians

December 04, 2020
An interdisciplinary team led by VGL Director Dr. Rebecca Bellone identified a genetic variant associated with distichiasis in Friesian horses. This is the first identification of a genetic variant linked to equine distichiasis, an ocular disease characterized by eyelashes that grow from abnormal positions along the edge of the eyelid and often lead to corneal irritation and damage.

Leopard Complex (LP) Linked to Increased Risk for Equine Recurrent Uveitis

July 16, 2020
Two recent studies by Veterinary Genetics Laboratory researchers and collaborators investigated equine recurrent uveitis (ERU) risk factors and genetic loci of interest in Appaloosas, including leopard complex (LP) and Appaloosa pattern-1 (PATN1), finding evidence that LP has an additive effect on ERU risk.

New Horse DNA Tests Launched

June 11, 2020
The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory has launched three new horse tests, one of which was researched and developed at the VGL.

VGL's Dr. Rebecca Bellone Featured in Equine Veterinary Journal Podcast

May 21, 2020
In early April, VGL Director Dr. Rebecca Bellone joined the Equine Veterinary Journal podcast "EVJ in Conversation" to discuss catastrophic breakdown in racehorses as well as her recent paper, which found no evidence of linkage between catastrophic breakdown and the mutation that causes Warmblood fragile foal syndrome type 1 (WFFS).

Ocular Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Belgian Horses

December 01, 2019
A new study by researchers at the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory investigated the occurrence of ocular squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) in the Belgian breed to determine if the mutation known to be associated with ocular SCC in Haflingers is also a risk factor for the same condition in Belgian horses.