by hexe on 25 April 2019 - 19:04
***Note that the volunteer dog needs to be within driving distance to Madison, WI USA***
This is your opportunity to assist in the U of Wisconsin's School of Veterinary Medicine's research project to sequence the genome of the German Shepherd Dog, and in doing so ultimately help out the breed as a whole!
If you're local to UW-Madison and agree to allow them to follow your dog's health for the rest of her life, and allow post-mortem studies when [hopefully many years from now] she ultimately passes away, and you have a female GSD who is 100% healthy, with no history of serious medical issues, orthopedic diseases or other health abnormalities that are believed to have a genetic basis, and no previous or current experience with any form of cancer, your bitch could be selected to provide the blood samples that will establish the reference genome for the GSD.
The resulting reference genome will serve as the benchmark that will be used by researchers world-wide who will continue working on identifying the genes associated with the diseases and disorders that are known to primarily or exclusively affect this particular breed. Here's the announcement released by the researchers today:
"Comparative Genetics Laboratory at UW School of Veterinary Medicine ·
Do you think you have the healthiest female purebred German Shepherd? And do you live within driving distance to Madison, WI? If so, contact us! We are in search for one extremely healthy female purebred German Shepherd that is over 10 years old! We are in search of a dog that has no significant medical history, including orthopedic disease, fibrotic myopathy, degenerative myelopathy, and cancer. If you qualify, we will require a visit to UW Veterinary Care. You will receive a free physical examination, and we will take a blood sample for DNA analysis. If you know of any dogs that may qualify or if you want more information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 608-265-5828."
You can find out more about the Comparative Genetics Lab from their Facebook page and their web page, and read about this project winning a recent competition for a grant to conduct this research on the blog of the contest's sponsor, PacBio.
There is no preference as to the lineage of the dog selected--North American lines, European show lines, European working lines and any other German Shepherd Dog lines all share the same breed-specific and breed-susceptible diseases and disorders, even though some folks would like to believe that's not the case.