Panel Test for 5 Genetic Diseases
posted on: Tuesday, May 15, 2012
To help breeders make informed decisions, AQHA is now offering a
panel test for five genetic diseases, which includes: glycogen
branching enzyme deficiency (GBED); heredity equine regional dermal
asthenia (HERDA); hyperkalemic periodic paralysis (HYPP); malignant
hyperthermia (MH) and polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM).
When the test is ordered, AQHA will send a DNA kit, and the
owner will mail it to the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at the
University of California-Davis for testing. Once the tests are
complete, AQHA will notify the owners and put the results on the
horse's record and certificate of registration.
The tests cost $85 for members and $125 for nonmembers. For the
panel test in conjunction with the DNA test required for most
breeding stock, the cost is $105 for members.
The effects of these genetic diseases are wide-ranging, from
mild and manageable to severe and terminal. Check out the AQHA web
site for specific information about the genetic diseases in the