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    cathy sparta
    cathy sparta
    Participant

    This site is clearly a scam. They have had our dog’s DNA sample since August 2017. It was supposed to be free for them to run it I just had to answer a bunch of questions. Now it says if I want to pay $99 they’ll give me the results. SCAM!!!!!!!

    #7247
    brittney logan
    brittney logan
    Keymaster

    Hi Cathy,

    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 is still going 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, we wanted to provide participants with another option. This option is to fund your dogs sample so that it gets sent out for sequencing quickly and therefore participants received results much faster. This way owners do not have to wait. We still plan to sequence the free participation samples, it just takes time since we rely on limited grant money at this time. Unfortunately that is just how research works.

    Please check out our FAQ page, where it explains the new participation options, which you can choose from on your dogs profile.

    #7253
    kate battista
    kate battista
    Participant

    I got my results and others have too. This isn’t a business run by a giant corporation like Wisdom Panel. This is scientific research which is relies on funding and takes unpredictable twists and turns.

    #7278
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
    Participant

    Yes. I received my dogs DNA test too. There was a lot of confusion when they started taking donations. Essentially it is like a donation to help the study and in return you get to be moved up to the top of the list. Now that they are able to take donations they have more money to be able to process all the DNA they have. They have so much of it because so many people are participating……which will be awesome for the study!

    #7279
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
    Participant

    Well I received one of my dogs tests. The other one hasn’t been tested yet. I think it matters also what behaviors they’re studying…..my little Dexter has all the behaviors. Seriously he’s a handful so I’m not shocked they wanted his DNA to test. Lol. I’m still waiting to test Luna. I would much rather donate to this study than buy a test from a corporation who is just making a profit. I’m just not able to afford it at this time.

    #7313
    dawn miller
    dawn miller
    Participant

    I sent in my kits way back near the beginning of this project. It took a long time but we eventually got our results. No surprises since both of my dogs are purebreds. I took part to add to the pool of knowledge that might help our dogs have longer healthier lives. For quicker results I bought two kits from Embark. And shared their findings here with the Darwin staff.

    #7324
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
    Participant

    Dawn that’s awesome you took part even though you have a purebred dog. I feel like so many people are only participating because they get something out of it…..the DNA test. But without purebred dogs it seems like they can’t really do what they want to do. I was going to have my parents take part with their dogs….one is a Newfoundland…..but unfortunately she didn’t make it. I have been pushing everyone I know to take part though. Lol.

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