Genetically Modified Super Horses

When we watch elite show jumping at the Olympics, Spruce Meadows, or in Wellington, we’re seeing the top echelon of equine athletes compete on equal footing. Breeding, training, rider skill and overall equine wellness factors into each horse-and-rider combination and determines if and when they find success in the ring. Watching these high-performance horses inspires many amateurs and professionals alike to ride better and train smarter to fulfil their own competitive dreams. But what if there was a shortcut available to you, not through better horsemanship or a well-bred horse, but instead a new animal that is genetically modified and developed in a lab? That may seem like far-fetched futurism, but in fact it’s far closer to reality than we imagine. Building a Better Equine Genome The Argentinian firm Kheiron-Biotech has developed a technique using CRISPR (pronounced “crisper”, which stands for Clustered, Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) to focus on and enhance…

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