11/09/2001 1:00AM

Equine genes subject of TV show

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The prospect of tinkering with a racehorse's genetic material to produce a faster horse will be the subject of a segment on the television show "Science Times" on Tuesday.

The segment, to be broadcast for the first time on Tuesday at 9 p.m. Eastern on the National Geographic Channel, will look at the horse genome project, the ongoing effort to map the equine genome, and the feasibility of altering genes to change a horse's physical attributes, according to New York Times Television, which co-produces the show with National Geographic.

"Can science build a better racehorse? Take an inside look at horse breeding and training, and the quest for the 'speed gene' in the United States and around the world," states an ad for the program.

The program will also air on Nov. 18 and Nov. 20. Some scenes for the broadcast were shot during the July selected yearling sale at Keeneland.