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Dingoes, African wild dogs and Orageneā€¢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 Orageneā€¢ANIMAL kits in an unusual way ā€“ 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 Orageneā€¢ANIMAL from DNA Genotek Inc., which looks like a cotton cue tip to most, but it is getting animal geneticists all excited. Itā€™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

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

DNA Genotek's Top 10 List for 2009

Posted by Ian Curry on Mon, Jan 04, 2010 @ 14:01 PM

I have to admit, coming up with DNA Genotek's "Top 10 list for 2009" was more difficult than I imagined it would be. There are so many great things that happened in the past year - in our company, with our customers, and in the field of genetics - but I think I've narrowed it down to those that are most significant.

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Tags: DNA collection, DNA, DNA testing, DNA kit, DNA Kits, DNA saliva, Oragene, genetic disease, genetic testing, genotyping, Kaiser Permanente, DNA from animals, DNA dog kit, Genome wide association studies, genome mapping, GWAS, tropical disease

Saliva Provides High Yield Canine DNA

Posted by Ellen MacLean on Thu, Dec 10, 2009 @ 15:12 PM

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.

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

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