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    mary claire morgan


    I just logged into my account today and saw it said UMASS received on a certain date and then below it, it says VHL with a more recent date. Just wondering if the results were sent elsewhere or if that means they’re headed to your lab? Thanks!


    jesse mcclure

    Mary-claire, yes that was a new addition to the ‘personalized feedback’ page for each dog. It’s not at all polished or pretty, but I wanted to at least be more transparent. We’ve recently added greater sample tracking to our database – so I’ve modified that page to give a summary of the tracking of your dog’s sample. Dates before several months ago may be fairly vague (anything before 2017 just says “2016”). And at the moment there isn’t much explanation for the different locations.

    VHL is one contractor we tried out for extracting the DNA from the swabs. A vast majority of the samples that went through VHL are currently being genotyped, as these come back (over the next couple of weeks) they’ll be added to the sample tracking data that you will see on that page. So while I can’t make any promises, there is a good chance we’ll have Boomer’s data very soon. Two big caveats on that though: 1) not every sample that went through VHL is being genotyped currently, but any that aren’t are still high in the queue to be run next. 2) if Boomer’s is in this incoming batch, we’ll have the *raw* data very soon. While this raw data is what I’m excited to get (as my primary job is to do the analyses of batches of such raw data) such raw data will not mean much to you.

    We will turn this raw data into various nice reports for you, but that report preparation will take a good bit longer.


    kristen brown

    How long do I have to wait for my dogs DNA results? It’s been a year since UMASSMED received it. Then in July, VHL received it and I have yet to get any results for either of my dogs. You took the DNA from my purebred for your little experiment, but refuse to test my mix breed for me to know what he is?


    jeff shenette

    Hi Jesse,

    The status for Wedge says VHL on July 27th, 2017. Since it’s now into the second week of October should I assume that his sample was one of the ones that was sent but not genotyped or is it that you’re still trying to interpret the raw data for us? If he does fall into the not genotyped group and is high in the que when should we expect that “next run?” Thanks!


    dawn miller

    nifty, I hadn’t even checked back on my dogs status. It has been quite awhile since we sent the swabs and I just figure that eventually they’ll share something if they’ve learned something. Now I am curious as to what the criteria for the VHL was since one of my dogs was chosen and not the other. 

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