Single linkage group per chromosome genetic linkage map for the horse, based on two three-generation, full-sibling, crossbred horse reference families. Academic Article uri icon


  • A genetic linkage map of the horse consisting of 742 markers, which comprises a single linkage group for each of the autosomes and the X chromosome, is presented. The map has been generated from two three-generation full-sibling reference families, sired by the same stallion, in which there are 61 individuals in the F2 generation. Each linkage group has been assigned to a chromosome and oriented with reference to markers mapped by fluorescence in situ hybridization. The average interval between markers is 3.7 cM and the linkage groups collectively span 2772 cM. The 742 markers comprise 734 microsatellite and 8 gene-based markers. The utility of the microsatellite markers for comparative mapping has been significantly enhanced by comparing their flanking sequences with the human genome sequence; this enabled conserved segments between human and horse to be identified. The new map provides a valuable resource for genetically mapping traits of interest in the horse.

published proceedings

  • Genomics

author list (cited authors)

  • Swinburne, J. E., Boursnell, M., Hill, G., Pettitt, L., Allen, T., Chowdhary, B., ... Binns, M.

citation count

  • 63

complete list of authors

  • Swinburne, June E||Boursnell, Mike||Hill, Gemma||Pettitt, Louise||Allen, Twink||Chowdhary, Bhanu||Hasegawa, Telhisa||Kurosawa, Masahiko||Leeb, Tosso||Mashima, Suguru||Mickelson, James R||Raudsepp, Terje||Tozaki, Teruaki||Binns, Matthew

publication date

  • January 2006