MyDogDNA News

MDR1 test in the MyDogDNA panel

We have more exciting news to share! We are now taking one more step further in our efforts to bring you an even more complete and comprehensive panel for use in your breeding program.

We are now able to offer the Multi-Drug Resistance 1, (MDR1) mutation test, which will from now on be offered as part of the MyDogDNA® panel to all customers.

OptiGen Collie Eye Anomaly and prcd-PRA tests available as MyDogDNA add-ons for 20 Euros each!

We have exciting news to share! You may have heard that Wisdom Health™, the world leader in canine genetic testing, acquired OptiGen Laboratories® in April 2018. By joining forces, we are able to leverage our combined expertise, commitment to quality, and research efforts to bring you an even more complete and comprehensive panel for use in your breeding program.

The MyCatDNA™ test shines new light into what makes our feline friends so special

By Angela Hughes, DVM, PhD, Veterinary Genetics Research Manager at Wisdom Health (formerly Mars Veterinary)

Whether tabby or calico, Siamese or Russian Blue, every cat owner loves their cat for their individual characteristics and personality. Now, cat owners and breeders have a new tool at hand to better understand their cat’s unique health and well-being, down to the DNA.

NEW TEST CONTENT AVAILABLE IN MYDOGDNA/OPTIMAL SELECTION REPORTS: CONGENITAL EYE DISEASE IN IRISH SOFT-COATED WHEATEN TERRIER

Research performed in Professor Hannes Lohi’s canine genetics research laboratory at the University of Helsinki and Folkhälsan Institute of Genetics, Helsinki, Finland has led to the discovery of a genetic mutation responsible for a congenital eye disease in Irish Soft-coated Wheaten Terriers (ISCWTs). The work was funded in part by Wisdom Health and Genoscoper Laboratories, providers of the MyDogDNA™ (Europe) / Optimal Selection™ (United States) test.

Coat colour merle testing as a part of our services

Did you know that the MYDOGDNA™ test also features screening for merle? Please visit your dog’s result profile to see if you already have a merle result available.

New tests added to MyDogDNA -panel

We have updated the MyDogDNA test content with two new tests: Acral Mutilation Syndrome (AMS) and hairlessness for American Hairless Terriers

NEW TEST CONTENT AVAILABLE IN MYDOGDNA/OPTIMAL SELECTION REPORTS: SKELETAL DISEASE IN KARELIAN BEAR DOGS

Research performed in Professor Hannes Lohi’s canine genetics research laboratory at the University of Helsinki and Folkhälsan Institute of Genetics, Helsinki, Finland has lead to the discovery of a genetic mutation responsible for a Skeletal Disease in Karelian Bear Dogs. The work was funded in part by Wisdom Health and Genoscoper Laboratories, providers of the MyDogDNA® (Europe) / Optimal Selection™ (United States) test.

NEW TEST CONTENT AVAILABLE IN MYDOGDNA/OPTIMAL SELECTION REPORTS: JUVENILE BRAIN DISEASE (ENCEPHALOPATHY) IN PARSON RUSSELL TERRIERS

We are very pleased to announce the launch of a DNA test for Juvenile Brain Disease (also known as Juvenile Encephalopathy or Juvenile Epilepsy) in Parson Russell Terriers.

This DNA test is based on research performed in Professor Hannes Lohi’s canine genetics research laboratory at the University of Helsinki and Folkhälsan Institute of Genetics, Helsinki, Finland with the work funded by Wisdom Health and Genoscoper Laboratories, providers of the MyDogDNA® (Europe) / Optimal Selection™ (United States) test.

Genetic testing of Belgian Shepherd Dogs – what have we learned so far?

The Belgian Shepherd Dog is an alert and energetic medium size dog breed that originated in Belgium where it was used to herd sheep. Nowadays the Belgian Shepherd is a versatile sport and working dog, as well as show dog and family pet. The four breeds/ breed varieties are Tervueren, Malinois, Groenendael (Belgian Sheepdog in US) and Laekenois. The breed varieties vary in coat texture, length and color.

MyDogDNA 2018 Soon Available!

It’s time to upgrade! The new and even more comprehensive MyDogDNA® 2018 test panel will be available in our web shop starting from next Monday, December 4th, 2017. For dogs that have already been tested with MyDogDNA PASS, MyDogDNA LITE , MyDogDNA 2015 or MyDogDNA 2016 packages, we offer the possibility for cost-efficient upgrade for purchasing the new test content. The upgrade requires a new sample.

Hyperuricosuria – test validated for Schapendoes!

Clinical validations of hyperuricosuria in Schapendoes are now complete and we have concluded, that the mutation causing hyperuricosuria in many breeds causes disease also in Schapendoes. The DNA-test for hyperuricosuria is included in the MyDogDNA testing panel for Schapendoes.

MyDogDNA Breed Data: Pyrenean Sheepdogs part 2., on traits

Coat type

Furnishings – defining the coat type variety

MyDogDNA Breed Data: Pyrenean Sheepdogs part 1., colours

Pyrenean Sheepdogs (american: Pyrenean Shepherd, french: Berger des Pyrénées) are active, lively herding dogs. The following description in the breed standard describes these dogs very well: “Dog displaying a maximum of nervous energy in a minimum of size and weight. An ever alert physiognomy, a knowing air combined with great liveliness of movement gives this dog a characteristic appearance unlike any other.” In this article we focus on Pyrenean Sheepdog breed data collected with the MyDogDNA –test panel as well as on how to use this data in practice.

A novel variant in the VWF gene is associated with von Willebrandt Disease Type II

Von Willebrand disease is the most common inherited bleeding disorder in dogs, caused by deficient or defective plasma von Willebrand Factor (vWF), a blood clotting protein. Five different genetic variants in the vWF encoding gene have been previously associated to different forms of vWD: Type I, Type II and Type III in dogs. The study published earlier this month, suggest a novel variant as a candidate causal variant for vWD Type II in German Shorthaired Pointer and German Wirehaired Pointer (Vos-Loohuis M et al., 2017).

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