The horse is justifiably considered to be an elite athlete and is capable of undertaking a wide range of tasks, such as jumping, sprinting and endurance. This is even more remarkable when it is considered that in the wild, horses do not undertake regular exercise and rarely jump or run long distances.
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September 15, 2008
The National Human Genome Research Institute announced the first assembly of the completed horse DNA sequence on Feb. 7, 2007. Why would a human health agency perform DNA sequencing on a horse? The answer is that the genetic structure and function of all mammals are similar.
The best way for scientists to understand human DNA sequences is to compare the genome sequence from 24 different mammals to see what DNA sequences are so important as to be present in all species.