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Identifying Genes Involved with Foal Pneumonia

Rhodococcus equi causes life-threatening bacterial pneumonia in foals. It remains unclear why some foals become affected while other foals in the same environment remain healthy. Researchers from Texas A&M University suspect genes may play a role, and in this study, they will use a novel technique to identify genetic variants that correlate with increased susceptibility of foals to R. equi pneumonia. Results of this study will provide insight into the role of genetic variation in the immune response of foals to R.equi.

Dr. Jessica Nerren, Texas A&M University, First Award Grant