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Molecular and cytogenetic paternity testing of a male offspring of a hinny

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An alleged male foal of a female mule, whose sire and grandparents were unknown, was identified for its pedigree. Parentage testing was conducted by comparing polymorphism of 12 microsatellite DNA sites and mitochondrial D-loop sequences of the male foal and the female mule. Both the sequence analysis of species-specific DNA fragments and a cytogenetic analysis were performed to identify the species of the foal and its parents. The results showed that the alleged female mule is actually a hinny, and the male foal, which possesses 62 chromosomes, qualifies as an offspring of the female hinny and a jack donkey.
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Keywords: fertile hinny; parentage testing; species identification

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: Equine Center, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China

Publication date: December 1, 2006

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