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Reveal the secret of white horses

July 23 2008
06:20

Genetics of the University of Uppsala uncovered the secret of white horses: it turns out, based on color change horses in the direction of the gray-gray shades as they get older is a genetic mutation.

All gray horses are carriers of double copies of specific DNA sites. White horses are divided into two basic types - belorozhdennyh with snow-white hair and pink skin immediately at birth, and gray, which are born with any coat color (black horses, bay or brown), but with an admixture of white hair. This admixture with each molt increases, more and more, and by the age of six to eight years, the horse can become completely white, although the skin will remain pigmented.

According to researchers, when people just started to domesticate horses, their animals are attracted to white, so they are deliberately taken out of the horses. A rare mutation has spread and now occurs much more frequently than before in the wild, reports Rosbalt.

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