Arabian and Arabian cross breeds
VetGen offers breeders equine DNA disease testing as well as other services. Utilizing these DNA disease tests allows informed breeding decisions.
Of major significance to Arab and Arab cross owners is our exclusive test to determine the absence or presence of the mutation that causes Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID). This fairly common defect in Arabs can result in the birth of affected foals. The disease is always fatal since the foal is born with no immune system.
VetGen has recently obtained the license from Cornell University to do a direct DNA test for Lavender Foal Syndrome (LFS). It is an inherited lethal neurologic disorder known to affect Arabian foals and is named for its characteristic expression of a dilute coat color.
Another test of note for our Arabian and Arabian cross horse owners is our test for Cerebellar Abiotrophy (CA). CA is a neurological disease which occurs in Arabian and Arabian cross horses. Current data suggest that the mutation causing this disease may be a common one.
VetGen has obtained licensing to offer the recently developed test to determine the absence or presence of the mutation that causes Glycogen Branching Enzyme Deficiency (GBED). This defect in the Quarter Horse and Paints can result in the birth of affected foals. This disease, also, is always fatal since the foal is born with weakness affecting the heart and skeletal muscles.
VetGen offers genetic equine coat testing for black, chestnut, cream dilution and silver dilution. more
Profile/Parentage & DNA Storage
In addition to offering genetic testing service for the detection of targeted equine disease, in this case for SCID in the Arabian horse, VetGen offers two additional valuable services. These services, DNA Profiling and DNA Storage, can be ordered at the time a genetic test is requested, or at any other time, independent of other tests. more
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