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Ordering Your Horse Off A Showroom Floor

The other day I read a rather remarkable mind-boggling article about horses. I say mind-boggling because I remember when science was still struggling with the world is flat concept and one could barely spell DNA much less say deoxyribonucleic acid.

I could explain DNA but my tongue would swell up and your head would explode then someone would just have to clean up the mess.

Basically, DNA is the building block that maps and defines how an organism is made up. The order, or sequence, of these genes, to keep it simple, (right!) determines the information available for building and maintaining an organism. Some have said it's similar to the way letters of the alphabet appear in a certain order to form words and sentences. We share genetic makeup in varying degrees with our anscestors and family members. By examining the DNA gene combinations, like rings on a tree, we can tell a lot about those who came before us and those who will come after us.

Researchers have discovered and traced the gene responsible for the racing success of TBs, thoroughbred horses, back to one mare some 300 years ago. They have located the "speed gene."

If you want to increase your chances of winning horse races make sure the sire and dam of your horse both carry the speed gene.

What are the implications of this discovery?

Want a particular color horse? There is a gene for the color. Want a tall, or short, horse? There is a gene for it as well.

Pretty soon you'll be able to go to the horse store with a list of characteristics you want in a horse and they'll punch the genome codes into the computer and in seconds they'll have the identity of the dam and sire most likely to produce offspring that fit your wish list.

Next thing you know, they'll be cloning. The 20 Mule Team will become the 20 Copy Team.

Pssst! No need to email me and tell me they're already cloning everything under the sun. It was a TIC (Tongue In Cheek) comment.

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