Studying Horses Can Help Humans

posted on May 7, 2014

The Minnesota Medical Foundation’s Medical Bulletin recently published a story describing research being performed at the University of Minnesota’s Leatherdale Equine Center. The staff at the Equine Center includes MSI Principal Investigators from the College of Veterinary Medicine who use MSI resources to support this research. The work being done there will not only help horses, but may also provide insights to human disease.

Associate Professor Molly McCue (Veterinary Population Medicine) studies equine genomics and is using MSI for several projects, including genome-wide association studies, developing new SNP genotyping arrays for the horse, and using RNA-seq to transcriptome and gene-expression analysis. Professor Jim Mickelson (Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences) studies heritable disorders in horses and dogs and is using advanced software available through MSI, including the Galaxy suite. Professors McCue and Mickelson both have published numerous papers that include research performed using MSI.