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  • #6953
    lori kracoff
    lori kracoff
    Participant

    My reply to this mornining’s email explanation of the new ‘pay to play’ fee rules:

    I’d given up long ago. I sent both my dog’s samples in way back in the spring of 2016 and have completed each survey for each of my dogs as soon as it was posted.

    All of your explanation doesn’t change the fact that I sent in my dog’s samples in good faith and was told there was a strong possibility that they would be sequenced and that I was doing a good thing for dogs everywhere. One of my dog’s samples was sent out somewhere but now that you’ve got the pay to play rule it’s back in limbo because I live on a fixed income and cannot afford the cost.

    Your explanation that the people who pay and get their sequencing done first won’t make it take any longer for those of us who aren’t fortunate enough to have the funds to pay for sequencing with you or someplace else is disingenuous I believe. If you’re already having trouble finding the time and money to sequence the dogs that are already waiting in line then how would sequencing these paying customers first not make it longer for the rest of us to wait.

    If this had been explained upfront at the very beginning of the study I think many of us would not feel pushed to the side as we do. Calling yourselves citizen scientists does not excuse the poor handling of this.

    Good luck I hope it all works out for you. I’ll keep on loving my dogs and and I guess their genetic history will remain a mystery to me.

    #6954
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
    Participant

    I think the issue wasn’t so much they didn’t have the time but they didn’t have the money. Those people who pay for their dogs DNA tests to be analyzed will now come out of the line of samples waiting. The grant money will still be used for testing samples and the same amount will be tested but there may be less samples to choose from because some people might pay for their own. Also now that they can take donations they will have more money to use on testing and not just have to rely on the grant money alone.

    #6966
    lori kracoff
    lori kracoff
    Participant

    I have since received a reply and the matter of my dog’s sample being returned after being sent out for sequencing is being addressed.

    I am quite impressed by the immediate response to my concerns.

    Thank you.

    #6978
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
    Participant

    Oh that’s good. I’m glad to hear that. I have found they do seem to be very responsive. Most forum posts seem to get answered very quickly.

    #6980
    brittney logan
    brittney logan
    Keymaster

    We fully understand you concerns, especially with the long wait. This is purely science, and unfortunately is can be unpredictable. We are alway doing our best to work on grants and get more money to research our furry best friends.

    We so greatly appreciate your participation and patience with this study!

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