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August 06, 2003

Horse clone

Horse cloned, so now watch the Gulf Arab money flowing into this promising avenue of research that might lead to more racing champions. Did you know that Secretariat had a heart twice as big as normally found in a thoroughbred? Of course, most of his offspring regressed back toward the mean, but this sort of technology might help us figure out if Secretariat was a genetic or developmental freak (did a certain combination of genes allow him to support a heart so out-sized, or was it something in the environment or placenta?).

Posted by razib at 02:37 PM

Don't count on it. As I recall, even artificial insemination is banned for thoroughbreds - I doubt the goverening organizations would look kindly on cloning, et al...

Posted by: jimbo at August 6, 2003 06:38 PM

yeah, i know, but i can imagine a scenario in the future where clones of good thoroughbreds are timed, and they come out really well...eventually, people will want to see these horses compete (kind of like allowing pros into the olympics).

Posted by: razib at August 6, 2003 07:53 PM

Hey, remember its the rich people who will be doing this and the rich abrabs, laws a relgion be damned when it gets in the way of my fun.

Actutally thats the rich in most countries too.

Posted by: Derek at August 6, 2003 09:28 PM


Posted by: razib at August 13, 2003 10:40 AM