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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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.
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.
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.