A review of scientific literature on inherited disorders in domestic horse breeds

Bettley, C. D. and Cardwell, J. M. and Collins, L. M. and Asher, L. (2012) A review of scientific literature on inherited disorders in domestic horse breeds. Animal welfare, 21 (1). pp. 59-64. ISSN 0962-7286

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.7120/096272812799129448

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Abstract

The full extent to which inherited disorders occur in different breeds of domestic horse (Equus caballus) has not been previously been investigated. A systematic search was carried out to review scientific literature on inherited disorders in domestic horse breeds and examine patterns in potentially inherited disorders. A two-part search was conducted: (i) electronic bibliographic databases for published studies; and (ii) existing online databases of inherited disorders in animals. A total of 230 papers were identified, discussing 102 inherited disorders in the horse. Few cases (17) were found in which disorders were reported to have a direct link to a conformational or phenotypic trait. Forty-nine breeds of domestic horse were described as being predisposed to one or more inherited disorders, but such predispositions did not distinguish between genetic or environmental causes. There were few patterns in the number of disorders to which breeds were reportedly predisposed or in the extent to which disorders were researched. The structure and grouping of disorders presented here could assist with standardisation in the terminology used for describing inherited disorders. © 2012 Universities Federation for Animal Welfare The Old School.

Keywords:article, bibliographic database, disease predisposition, domestic animal, environmental factor, Equus caballus, genetic disorder, heredity, horse, inherited disorder, Medline, nonhuman, online system, phenotype, scientific literature, systematic review, Animalia, Equidae
Subjects:D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D300 Animal Science
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D328 Animal Welfare
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
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ID Code:11871
Deposited On:11 Sep 2013 17:30

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