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Study Finds that Toxins Don’t Necessarily Lead to Laminitis

Laminitis is a painful disease that often leads to death in affected animals. Understanding the genetic processes occurring in the body as the disease develops could help researchers develop new treatments. In this study, researchers from the University of Georgia monitored 19 genes associated with laminitis in two groups of animals: those with laminitis resulting from a high carbohydrate diet and those with laminitis that also had toxins in their blood. The genes associated with laminitis showed no changes in the horses in the latter category, which suggests that this condition, although harmful, does not necessarily lead to laminitis. Understanding the specific genetic mechanisms of this disease will help scientists better understand the causes and develop targeted treatments.


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Posted by MAFon November 15, 2011.

Categories: Animal health, Equine health, Horse health


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