Penn Vet has received a $300,000 donation from the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association to conduct research at its New Bolton Center in Kennett Square aimed at detecting gene doping in race horses, writes John George for the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Gene doping is an ongoing problem in horse racing that involves transferring or modifying genes from healthy equines to enhance performance.
The donation will fund a multi-year project that will build on work by New Bolton Center researchers. They are studying potential protein and RNA-based biomarkers to detect gene doping.
“With this grant, we can continue to be a leader in protecting the integrity of horse racing,” said Dr. Mary Robinson, director of the center’s equine pharmacology laboratory. “We need to be sure that we are taking steps to stay ahead of those who would seek to use these advances for illicit means.”
Read more about the donation in the Philadelphia Business Journal here.