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Direct Genetic Test Now Available for Equine Dun Gene

Animal Genetics is pleased to announce that Rolf de Kloet has uncovered the specific point mutation that produces the Dun dilution in horse coat color.  Mr. de Kloet’s research is significant because the specific genetic mutation responsible for Dun dilution … Continue reading

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The ISAG Profile for Canine and Equine DNA Testing

The International Society of Animal Genetics (ISAG) developed the ISAG Profile to standardize genetic profiles of dogs, horses and other animals. The ISAG Profile is very useful because it allows the results from one lab to be successfully compared with … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Ruling Finds Genes Cannot Be Patented

Last week, the United States Supreme Court ruled that genes cannot be patented because they are naturally-occurring and have not been “created” by the patent holder.  Prior to this ruling, companies could patent genes and DNA segments, preventing other companies … Continue reading

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Equine Malignant Hyperthermia (MH)

Malignant Hyperthermia or MH is a genetic muscle disorder that affects Quarter Horses and related breeds.  Horses with the MH mutation may not show any physical signs of the disorder until triggered by exposure to anesthesia or extreme exercise or … Continue reading

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JEB 1 Testing for Belgian Draft Breed and JEB 2 Testing for American Saddlebred

Animal Genetics is pleased to offer tests for the presence of JEB 1 (Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa) in Belgian Draft horse breeds and JEB 2 in the American Saddlebred breed.  Clients sometimes ask if we can test for JEB in other … Continue reading

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Request for Known Affected Dog Samples for Pelger-Huet Anomaly

Help Animal Genetics Battle This Disease and Get Credit for a Free Canine Test Due to an increase in the number of Australian Shepherds, as well as other breeds, being diagnosed with Pelger-Huet anomaly, Animal Genetics is interested in finding … Continue reading

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Canine Genetic Testing for Neonatal Encephalopathy with Seizures

Animal Genetics now tests for the gene mutation that causes Neonatal Encephalopathy with Seizures (NEWS) in standard poodles. This fatal disease affects the brain of newborn puppies, causing weakness and seizures and ultimately death within a few weeks of birth.  … Continue reading

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Testing for Equine Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM)

Equine Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy, or PSSM, affects many types of horses including quarter horses, paint horses, appaloosas, draft horses and warmbloods. Horses with PSSM are not able to properly convert carbohydrates into energy. The un-metabolized carbohydrates collect in the muscles … Continue reading

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Testing for Avian Pox Virus

Animal Genetics offers testing for Avian Pox Virus, a contagious virus that affects a wide variety of domestic and wild birds.  There are two types of this virus – “cutaneous” and “wet.” Cutaneous pox produces wart-like lesions on parts of … Continue reading

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BVD Virus Testing Now Available for Alpacas, Llamas and Cows

Animal Genetics now offers testing for Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) virus in cows, llamas and alpacas. BVD virus is a contagious pestivirus that can cause diarrhea, as the name suggests, but also discharge from the nose and eyes, oral ulcers, reproductive … Continue reading

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