Emmeline Hill

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Dr Emmeline Hill is an Irish horse geneticist who is credited with discovering a gene for speed in horses.

Dr Hill has published a paper in the peer-reviewed scientific journal PLoS ONE entitled A sequence polymorphism in MSTN predicts sprinting ability and racing stamina in Thoroughbred horses, which describes the identification of the DNA sequence variant in the horse myostatin gene.[1]

This discovery has major implications for the value of thoroughbred racehorses and for the global horse breeding industry.[2] It has led to the invention of genetic tests which can predict the racing ability of a horse.[3]


  1. ^ "A Sequence Polymorphism in MSTN Predicts Sprinting Ability and Racing Stamina in Thoroughbred Horses". Plos One. 2010-01-20. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008645. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  2. ^ Jurga, Fran (2010-01-20). "Genetic Test for Thoroughbred Racehorse ‘Speed Gene’ Ready for Commercial Launch in Ireland". The Jurga Report: Horse Health Headlines. Horsehealth.blogs.equisearch.com. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  3. ^ "Test for the Best". Equinome. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 

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