New MyDogDNA® 2015 – New, even more comprehensive test content

The intensive work of our Research and Development staff results now in a new and even more comprehensive MyDogDNA® 2015 test panel. MyDogDNA® 2015 will be available in our web shop the coming week. For dogs that have already been tested with MyDogDNA PASS or MyDogDNA LITE packages, we are able to offer cost-efficient upgrades for purchasing the new test content. The upgrade requires a new sample. To maintain the cost-efficiency of the disease and trait test panel, the DNA profile (ISAG or AKC standards) is now an optional add-on that can be purchased in addition to the other test content when needed..

We have included many new mutation discoveries in the test panel and will now proudly provide them to all of our customers as part of our services.
Among other tests, these discoveries made by the canine genetics research group at the University of Helsinki are now MyDogDNA® -included:

•    Lagotto Storage Disease
•    Glaucoma; mutation originally found in Norwegian Elkhound
•    Progressive Retinal Atrophy; Swedish Vallhund marker test
•    Progressive Retinal Atrophy ; mutation originally found in Papillon and Phalene

Here are a few more examples of new disease tests that have been included:

•    Cystinuria (Landseer, Newfoundland Dog, Australian Cattle Dog, Miniature Pinscher)
•    Centronuclear Myopathy (Labrador Retriever and Great Dane)
•    Cone-Rod Dystrophy 1 (crd1); mutation originally found in  American Staffordshire Terrier
•    Bandera's Neonatal Ataxia (BNAt) for Coton de Tulear
•    Achromatopsia or Cone Degeneration (CD) for Alaskan Malamute, Australian  Shepherd
•    Imerslund-Gräsbeck Syndrome (IGS) or Intestinal Cobalamin Malabsorbtion (Border Collie, Beagle)
•    Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) - adult onset; mutation originally found in Basenji
•    Mucopolysaccharidosis Type VII; mutation originally found in German Shepherd
•    Autosomal Recessive Amelogenesis Imperfecta (ARAI) in Italian Greyhound
•    Factor IX Deficiency or Haemophilia B in German Wirehaired Pointer, Airedale Terrier, Rhodesian Ridgeback
•    Factor VIII deficiency or Haemophilia A in German Shepherd Dog, Boxer

…And many more! The complete list will be published when the new web shop and database are launched. Keep an eye on your breed’s test content on our breed pages!

Furthermore, we will continue to add new tests for conformational traits. We are now aiming at testing comprehensively across breeds for gene variants that have been associated with white color pattern (color locus S:  piebald/white spotting pattern), saddle tan pattern and recessive black (color locus A – a allele). Contribute to canine genetics research by uploading a dog profile picture that clearly shows your dog’s coat color!

We are also introducing, among other things, tests for four new variants related to dog body size/weight, in addition to the two existing tests. Could these genetic variants in part predict the typical size of your breed? Could they potentially explain why your dog is smaller or bigger than the breed average?

Follow our web site for more information about the new MyDogDNA® 2015 test content!