I can promise you this is not a scam, it is Citizen Science with the best intentions to better understand canine behavior and genetics. We have a full team of behavioral scienticst and genetisist working day and night on this project. Dr. Karlsson has done, and continues with this incredible work in the dog world.
With that said, we are not a business like many other genetic tests out there, this purely research running off of grant money.
Yes, we began the study as free participation and it still is! 🙂
Since grant money has become tight, and our team works constantly to keep apply for more. We wanted to provide participants with another option so that they could get their results faster without waiting for our grant money. This option, the Explorer Lever, allows you to fund your dogs sample so that it gets sent out for sequencing quickly and therefore participants received results much faster. This option eliminates the wait time of the Free Participation option. We still plan to sequence the free participation samples, it just takes time, since we rely on limited grant money. Unfortunately that is just how research works, but we are determined!
Please check out our FAQ page, where it explains the new participation options, which you can choose on your dogs profile.