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Speakers Dr. Kari Ekenstedt, a geneticist from Purdue University in Indiana and IPFD CEO Dr. Brenda Bonnett covered 'everything you need to know to understand genetic testing' in a clear, concise and entertaining series of talks. Interactive discussions with the many knowledgeable, committed attendees were interesting and thought-provoking.
While you must always consider the individual health of each dog in your breeding program, you cannot neglect the population (breed-wide) health of your breed. In her presentation Dr. Bonnett explains why genetic testing is not a magic silver bullet, and how to incorporate it as part of your larger breeding program screening. Data on common/major disease issues is shared, along with a discussion of the perils of “decision-making by Facebook”, highlighting additional tools available from IPFD and DogWellNet.com