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brittney logan

Hi Deanna,

The canine genome consists of ~ 3 billion bases. Most genetics test for dogs look at 150,000 – 200,000 bases. Our research goes even deeper, as we look at 9 million bases per dog for our genetic studies. For our breed calling, because of existing data available on purebreds, we look at 150,000 but are increasing that number to 1.2 million, thanks to our awesome PhD student Kathleen Morrill! By participants like yourself enrolling your purebreds, you are contributing millions of variants to our database.

As for your question about copper storage liver disease, we are not yet focusing on specific diseases. As Jessica mentioned though, we are working to develop a health portal, so once that is up an running we will likely have a better idea of where the research will go in terms of looking into health.

We currently have one paper out that is related to Darwin’s Ark data that we have published.

Megquier, K.; Genereux, D.P.; Hekman, J.; Swofford, R.; Turner-Maier, J.; Johnson, J.; Alonso, J.; Li, X.; Morrill, K.; Anguish, L.J.; Koltookian, M.; Logan, B.; Sharp, C.R.; Ferrer, L.; Lindblad-Toh, K.; Meyers-Wallen, V.N.; Hoffman, A.; Karlsson, E.K. BarkBase: Epigenomic Annotation of Canine Genomes. Genes 2019, 10, 433.

We will certainly be publishing in peer-reviewed journals as the research continues on!