Myotonia Congenita. The Disorder Behind the Fainting Goat.

If you haven’t seen these goats, here you go:

They suffer from a genetic disorder called myotonia congenita. It is a congenital disease (present at birth) that essentially causes their muscles to freeze for 10 seconds when they are startled. Younger goats are more prone to actually falling, while older goats learn to spread their legs so they still sort of walk stiffly. The disorder affects gene CLCN1 via a mutation. The CLCN1 protein controls normal function of skeletal muscle cells.

Sources:

  1. Wikipedia – Fainting Goat
  2. Wikipedia – Myotonia congenita

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