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"Why is the Mule the Most Important Member of the Horse Family?" presented by Dr. Doug Antczak, recorded Feb. 21, 2023 via Zoom.

The Mule is a hybrid animal produced by a mating between two separate species, the horse and donkey. Mules have a long history of contributions to human society as a remarkable beast of burden and source of animal power. Less well known are the many ways in which the study of mules has advanced scientific thought and our understanding of fundamental biological principles. This seminar will introduce you to the wonderful and fascinating world of mules.

Doug Antczak, VMD, PhD, is the Dorothy Havemeyer McConville Professor of Equine Medicine at the Baker Institute for Animal Health. Antczak graduated from Cornell University with a BA in biology in 1969, before receiving his VMD from University of Pennsylvania in 1973. He then completed a PhD in immunology at the University of Cambridge in 1978. At Cornell, Doug Antczak’s research program is focused on the health of horses, a passion of his from an early age. Through the Baker Institute’s Equine Genetics Center, the Antczak laboratory group has a long history of advancing basic knowledge and applying that knowledge in equine genetics, immunology and reproduction. Among other important projects, Dr. Antczak’s genetic selection and breeding of horses led to his continuing involvement in the international Horse Genome Project.

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