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DNA Profiling of Horses

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“What are horses and how have they evolved? This question can be answered by examining DNA from modern horses and comparing it to DNA from living sister species such as kiangs and zebras and to DNA from extinct equids preserved in fossils especially in the Americas. This has enabled us to look back in time to see how the horse has evolved, and to understand more about the modern breeds (the domestic horse and Przewalski’s wild horse) that we see today. In this talk I will describe our current research into understanding the prehistory of the horse (Equus caballus) and how the modern breeds that we see today have evolved from their equid ancestors. I will also show some case studies that will demonstrate how difficult it can be to study genetic information which has been collected from ancient remains, highlighting the importance of checking for errors and understanding the data that you are working with.”

This talk is part of the Cambridge Society for the Application of Research (CSAR) series.

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