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Draft horse genome

The first draft of the horse genome sequence has been deposited in public databases and is now available to biomedical and veterinary researchers worldwide. In February 2006, sequencing began and by that July the entire genome had been chopped into 30,000,000 pieces and the DNA sequence of every piece determined. The next step was to assemble the sequences into the correct order. This was completed in January 2007 and is now available online at http://genome.ucsc.edu/.

The effort was funded by the National Institutes of Health's National Human Genome Research Institute. For more information, contact Dr. Ernest Bailey, Coordinator, Equine Genome Committee, National Animal Genome Research Program.


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