Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Reshaping the horse through millennia: Sequencing reveals genes selected by humans in domestication

Date:
December 15, 2014

Source:
Faculty of Science - University of Copenhagen

Summary:
Whole genome sequencing of modern and ancient horses unveils the genes that have been selected by humans in the process of domestication through the last 5,500 years, but also reveals the cost of this domestication. An international research group reports that a significant part of the genetic variation in modern domesticated horses could be attributed to interbreeding with the descendants of a now extinct population of wild horses. This population was distinct from the only surviving wild horse population.


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