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Authorities meet to debate effects of DNA profiling services.

Byline: Martin Stevens

INTERNATIONAL breeding groups and racing authorities have met to discuss best practice by the growing number of companies offering DNA performance profiling services, writes Martin Stevens.

In a summit held in Paris this month the International Thoroughbred Breeders Federation and other groups, including the International Studbook committee, were given presentations by commercial companies offering DNA profiling using hair or blood samples form horses.

A concluding statement from the meeting, signed by Des Leadon, chairman of the veterinary committe of the ITBF, and Andrew Harding, chairman of the technical advisory committe of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, said: "The rapidly expanding technology had the potential to have far-reaching consequences. Elimination of a significant number of staying horses would impact on the international pattern of racing. The international pattern of racing will influence the type of horse desired."

Committee members also agreed that "service providers must obtain written consent from the owners or their representatives". A proposal that the information provided to the DNA profiling companies' clients should also be provided to the owners of horses was not carried.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 27, 2012
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