News from the Animal Health Trust

Winter Update from the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the AHT

Exciting news!  The Animal Health Trust have sent through their latest newsletter.  Dr Cathryn Mellersh, from the AHT canine genetics team says “By the end of this year we will have launched six new DNA tests? That is incredible progress and a new record for us! We have also been extremely busy with our Give a Dog a Genome project, which launched early in 2016 with the aim of creating the largest canine genome bank in the UK. This has kept us very occupied as we’ve been busy choosing the right dogs for genome sequencing, collecting their DNA, sequencing their genomes and analysing the data.  All with the aim of improving our research in the future: this could help any breed of dog fight inherited disease, not just the 77 involved in this project.”

I have participated in their research into canine epilepsy by sending through a DNA sample for Aura.  They were looking for samples from both epileptic and non-epileptic dogs.  I sent hers through and told them that one of her pups had developed epilepsy.  They found this interesting.  Hopefully one day we will have a reliable test for this terrible disease.

I go to the AHT for hearing and eye testing for my dogs and puppies.  It’s a great facility and I know that they provide fantastic support to people when their animals are seriously ill.

the newsletter includes details of the Give a Dog a Genome project, more details of which can be found here: Give a Dog a Genome interview

What has been the most positive thing about Give a Dog a Genome so far?

Without a doubt the increased interaction and engagement with so many dog breeders, all of whom are so passionate about their breed. We do all of this research to benefit the dogs that so many people care about, so we really do need that dialogue with the breeds to be able to make a difference.

For more information about the Animal Health Trust, please visit their website.

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