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Oragene•ANIMAL helps save endangered species

Posted by Shauna White on Tue, Feb 08, 2011 @ 13:02 PM

The impact of papillomaviruses (PVs) on humans is well understood with a range of diagnostic tests available to test for the disease and preventative treatments available. Now, thanks to a research team from the Western University of Health Sciences in California and Oragene•ANIMAL, an endangered species is reaping the same benefits.

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Tags: DNA collection, DNA from saliva, Oragene Animal, animal dna

Dingoes, African wild dogs and Oragene•ANIMAL

Posted by Kellie Leigh on Mon, Dec 20, 2010 @ 10:12 AM

Kellie Leigh, PhD is the Founder of the Zambian Carnivore Program and an advocate for African Wild Dog Conservation. Kellie arrived in the Lower Zambezi by accident, recognized the ecological importance of the wild dog, and initially started off funding the project by sales of her own wildlife paintings. She then established African Wild Dog Conservation (now the Zambian Carnivore Program) as a Zambian non-profit society and set about raising funds at an international level. Kellie has used the Oragene•ANIMAL kits in an unusual way – to collect controls for her research project on African wild dogs. I hope you enjoy her colorful story.

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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Tags: DNA from animals, canine DNA, DNA dog kit, canine DNA for genotyping, Oragene Animal

Research Study Validates Oragene•ANIMAL for Canine GWAS Studies

Posted by Ellen MacLean on Wed, Jun 02, 2010 @ 10:06 AM

This month, PLoS ONE published a new research study that I think will interest readers of The Genetic Link. The study, titled "Array-Based Whole-Genome Survey of Dog Saliva DNA Yields High Quality SNP Data", was written by Jennifer S. Yokoyama, Carolyn A. Erdman and Steven P. Hamilton of the Department of Psychiatry and Institute for Human Genetics, at the University of California, San Francisco. The study is interesting for several reasons.

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Tags: DNA, DNA saliva, genotyping, microarray, Illumina, microarrays, GWAS, Oragene Animal, dog saliva

Has DNA Collection Gone to the Dogs?

Posted by Shauna White on Tue, Jan 19, 2010 @ 10:01 AM

If you're a regular follower of DNA Genotek, you likely know that we are active participants in a variety of DNA collection events to support disease research. You might be familiar with our participation in Spit for the Cure breast cancer events or with our on-site collection at the National Walk for Epilepsy. But I'll bet you never imagined this type of DNA collection event would go to the dogs.

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Tags: DNA collection, DNA, DNA Kits, DNA saliva, Oragene, DNA from saliva, DNA from animals, canine DNA, DNA dog kit, Oragene Animal, canine cancer, animal dna

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