Arne de Kloet of Animal Genetics will be attending the AAV 31st Annual Conference and Expo Association of Avian Veterinarians) in San Diego July 31-August 5. The conference features lectures and lab sessions covering all aspects of avian health, welfare, behavior and training. If you are planning to go to the conference, please come by the Animal Genetics booth to meet Arne and learn about our avian DNA sexing and disease tests.
There will be several sessions related to avian bornavirus issues at the conference, including “Studies of the Epidemiology of Avian Bornavirus” and “Avian Bornavirus Infection Rates in Domestic Psittacine Birds.” We are particularly excited about our new Avian Borna Virus Panel – multiplex rtPCR for ABV M/N segments with two internal RNA standards, and serological assay to detect an immunological response to P40, P24, and Matrix ABV proteins. If you are planning to attend any of the bornavirus sessions, please come visit our booth to learn more about our new panel.
Update: The Conference has just added a live video interview with rescue workers in Louisiana working with birds affected by the oil spill. Since we will be evaluating birds from the Gulf for exposure to oil, (see previous post), we will be interested to hear from workers on the frontline.
Arne will be sharing his impressions of the conference when he returns, so if you cannot make it to the conference, be sure to check back here for the highlights.
Like many others, the staff of Animal Genetics has been deeply saddened by the heartbreaking photos of sea and coastal birds covered in oil as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Recently we were contacted by the BioDiversity Research Institute (BRI), a non-profit organization that monitors emerging threats to wildlife, about testing some of the affected birds. BRI is conducting research for the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Program a government program that measures the impact of oil spills and other hazardous substances in the environment. We would be providing BRI with genetic assays including possible CYP1A expression analysis on samples collected from birds to quantify the birds’ exposure to oil. Some of the species that would be sampled are Rails, Terns, Egrets, Pelicans, Skimmers, Frigatebirds, and Seaside sparrows.
For more information about the affects of the oil spill on gulf south birds, you can visit the informative website of the International Bird Rescue Research Center at http://www.ibrrc.org/gulf-oil-spill-birds-treated-numbers-2010.html . The site posts twitter updates, videos, daily updates of the number of affected birds and other wildlife collected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, useful links and more.
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First, a word about our company. Animal Genetics started in 1992 as Avian Biotech, focusing on bird DNA sexing and disease testing. Although we have since expanded our testing to include canine and equine tests, we continue to be the largest private provider of genetic tests for birds in the world. Under the direction of Dr. Siwo de Kloet, Professor Emeritus in Biological Science at Florida State University, we have conducted original research to develop reliable tests for emerging avian diseases. We are also constantly developing tests for equine and canine coat color, parentage verification and genetic disorders. With offices in the U.S. and the UK, we handle over 90,000 tests on average annually for birds, horses and dogs throughout the world.
At Animal Genetics, we constantly work to improve our testing and to add new tests. We will be writing about these new tests in future blog posts, as well as information about our original research, frequently asked questions, and news related to genetic testing, so please bookmark this site or check back with us soon.