The African wild dog genetics project, being carried out through the University of Sydney and supported by Painted Dog Conservation Inc., Australia, is making good progress. There were a few hitches with some of the low quality/quantity blood DNA samples from the field project in Zambia having to be cleaned up and fiddled with, but the wonderful folks at the University of Sydney have sorted that out and the samples are ready to go, with final analysis about to begin. Dingo DNA is being run alongside the wild dog samples, as a control, to give a relative measure of success. Collecting the samples from the dingoes was a bit of an adventure. There is a new DNA collection product available called Oragene•ANIMAL from DNA Genotek Inc., which looks like a cotton cue tip to most, but it is getting animal geneticists all excited. It’s a long stick with a soft sponge tip, which needs to be put into the mouth of the animal being sampled and held in the saliva in the cheek pouch, outside the teeth, for 15 seconds either side. Then it goes into a tube containing a magic solution which stabilizes the DNA.
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People often think of genetic research and testing as a solely human pursuit but scientists and clinicians often study animals and plants as well. Genetic researchers and clinicians study models of animal disease in animals as well as human diseases with animal models.