Mars has spent nearly two decades researching canine genetics starting with our instrumental role in the Canine Genomics project in 1999. Mars Veterinary was established in 2005 and since that time their team of scientists and geneticists has been analyzing canine DNA and identifying the most useful DNA SNP markers to distinguish between different dog breeds. Using their set of more than 1800 markers and DNA samples from each breed, the Mars Vet researchers have developed signatures (patterns) specific to each breed.
To date, the Mars Veterinary database of breed signatures is the largest in the world (more than 12,000 samples) with more than 250 breeds, types and varieties represented and we are expanding it every year. Mars Veterinary holds the worldwide exclusive license on the breed detection analysis process developed by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Institute making our tests the only ones in the world with this technology and as of January 2017 they have processed more than 650,000 genetics tests for canines.
Mars Vet continues to work with researchers in the field such as Washington State University to license the MDR1 drug sensitivity test, and Genoscoper Laboratories® in Finland for their extensive disease screening and diversity testing to expand their offerings for consumers, breeders, veterinarians, and shelters alike. Mars Vet believes in the important role genetics can play in making a better world for our four-legged family members. By using DNA to discover a dog's ancestry and screen for genetic diseases, pet owners and veterinarians can work together to proactively address the one-of-a-kind needs of each unique dog. Simply put, when you know the breeds in your dog you know a lot more about how to make them happy and healthy.
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