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A tiny DNA gene chip that holds thousands of genes from a single animal was invented right here at Ohio State. Developed in 2004 and now commercially available, the gene chip holds more than 3,200 expressed horse genes on a glass slide about the size of a postage stamp. With a specially-tailored computer program also created at Ohio State, researchers can scan an individual horse’s genes in an instant to gauge gene activity. This leads to better understanding of a drug’s effects and of genes’ responses to illness.
The DNA gene chip can help humans understand disease in horses, which can also shed light on the genetic role in human disease. The equine DNA gene chip – a tiny product with a huge impact, developed right here at Ohio State.