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Determining Genetic Mutations for Equine Sarcoid Tumors

Equine skin tumors, known as sarcoids, are the most common cancer in horses. Although seldom fatal, sarcoids are difficult to treat, and in some cases the horse can’t be ridden if the tumors develop in saddle or bridle areas. This study attempts to pinpoint the genetic mutations associated with tumor development. Information gained could be used to help develop new preventive measures or treatments, including therapeutic vaccines.

Dr. Douglas F. Antczak, Cornell University