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DNA Tests - How to Choose Which Ones to Use


    Author:
    Cathryn Mellersh, PhD
    Animal Health Trust, Suffolk, UK

     

    Presentation given at the 7th Tufts' Canine & Feline Breeding & Genetics Conference (2015)
    2015 TUFTS PROCEEDINGS

     

    The article can be accessed at:

     

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    • A DNA test gives information about the DNA sequence of an individual dog at a position in the genome that is known to influence a particular inherited trait.

    • Most DNA tests are for a specific mutation that has been shown to cause an inherited disorder.

    • Sometimes the mutation causes a 'cosmetic' trait, such as coat colour.

    • Currently, most DNA tests are for mutations that cause 'Mendelian' or genetically simple inherited disorders.

    • Increasingly DNA tests will become available for 'genetic risk factors,' which increase an individual's risk of developing a disorder but are not the 'whole story.'

     

     


     

    Some good information for owners and breeders - considerations for using DNA tests to identify, manage or reduce heritable disease.ccs-65-0-22329600-1442699607.png

     


     

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