A genetically altered equine has shattered all speed records by running over 97 MPH (156 kph) in a test run. The horse, named "Alfie" has an extra muscle located near the animal's hindquarter which increases his stride length by 30% and has the heart DNA of a hummingbird.
Louisville, KY—A scientific team funded by an elusive benefactor have created a genetically modified horse which seems to be able to run at record-breaking speeds. The animal, named "Alfie," was designed to have two extras muscles: one located near the rear hindquarter of the equine which allows the animal to achieve a longer-than-normal stride length and one located on the heart which allows an extremely-rapid heart rate.
"Scientists have crossed an ethical boundary deemed sacred in the scientific community," said Dr. C. Emmett Brown of the International DNA Consortium, "Altering mammalian DNA has always been forbidden within the scientific community. This opens some very-scary doors."
HOW THEY DID IT
Using supercomputers, scientists sequenced the entire DNA of a Thoroughbred horse and combined specific sequences to achieve the extra muscle growth. They then isolated the DNA sequence of a hummingbird's heart and added that into the horses DNA to produce a horse heart with an extra muscle which can achieve over 225 beats per minute.
Alfie's heart weighs over 35 pounds and is the size of a truck tire. The heart pumps 100 gallons of blood per minute, about the same volume the pump in a large swimming pool. Normally weighing about 1200 pounds, Alfie tips the scale at about 1600 pounds and eats 100 pounds of hay per day.
To achieve the speed, Alfie's bones are much harder than a normal horses bones and scientists infused the DNA of a rhino's horn into the bone-making DNA of Alfie so that Alfie's bones are constructed entirely of the same material of a rhino's horn.
"With the horse's bones made entirely of rhino's horn, it allows a harder gallop required to reach the 97MPH speed," said Chief Scientist Dr. Manny Mota, adding, "With it's giant, fast-beating heart and hardened bones, this animal will redefine the sport of horse-racing."
The group of scientists are patenting the DNA of the animal and have started breeding it with known horse racing champions to create offspring with similar traits.