Scientists Analyze Genes Involved in Horse Domestication

December 16, 2014 10:42 AM

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Horses haven’t always been domestic animals, in fact, they were quite difficult to domesticate and the process is believed to have been a tedious one. A team of scientists has been working on sequencing horse genomes. Specifically, they have been analyzing the genes involved in horse domestication, and found that at least 125 distinct genes were at the center of 5,500 years’ worth of equine domestication.

Evolutionary geneticists have long attempted to understand the subtle and remarkable genetic changes that led to the transformation of ancient horses, as those depicted in prehistoric cave art, into today’s champions. In all fairness, the taming of the horse represented an important step in the deve...

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