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Thank you for your interest in our research!
In order to get started, please log in and go to “My Laboratory” -> “View Laboratory”. There you will see a button that says “Add Dog”. This will allow you to create your dog’s profile!
Once created, you will see on the right hand side the 22 behavioral surveys, that will tell us all about your dog’s unique behaviors, traits and looks. When at least 10 surveys are completed, the option to join the Free DNA Kit Waitlist will become available. Please note that this option is funded by our grant money, which takes time to acquire, but we are working each day to support these participants.
If you do not want to wait for a kit to be supported off of our grant funds, you are welcome to Order the DNA kit!
If you have any other questions please let me know.
We continue to apply for more grant funding to support our free participation kits.
Please note that in order to enroll for the Free Kit Waitlist, at least 10 behavioral surveys need to be completed for that option to become available on your dogs profile. The more behavioral surveys completed for your dog, the more likely we can prioritize getting a kit out! If you do not want to wait for our funds to support a kit for your dog, we have the option to Order a DNA kit.
If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know or email us directly!
I hope your dog is doing okay! You are welcome to go back into the surveys and update your dogs answers. We save the original answers so we will now if they were updated.
We did indeed receive a grant to study the genetics of food allergies in dogs. We continue to work with data and write up our findings. At this point in time, we are not yet ready to have an individualized report.
When we do, we will be sure to let our participants know of any additional reports!
With the sequencing methods that we use, we cannot tell age at the time of sequencing.
Just to be clear, your dogs DNA sample is not “de-prioritized” just because we do not yet have the breed in the panel (yet). Your dog can certainly still be sequenced and is very valuable to our research! The results will likely come back with breeds of close ancestry and maybe even a portion unknown. Once CLDs are in the panel (and for any other breed for that matter) we updated our results.
We do indeed have some Catahoula Leopard Dog samples in our study participating on the free kit waitlist, we just do not the funding at the moment to sequence them. If enough of the dogs are funded by owners, (at least 12 unrelated) then we could work on adding them to the panel! 🙂
With so many breeds that we could add, Catahoula Leopard Dog have just as equal a playing field as other breeds. Once we receive funding, it really all depends on the grant, so I cannot say which breed(s) would be our next focus.
We are so excited to have these dogs enrolled with us!
Even though we do not have “dingo” or “village dog” in our reference panel, these dogs are still very important, and interesting to study.
Results for your dingo or village dog will likely come back as breeds in our panel that have similar ancestry, and even a portion of unknown.
As the research continues and more of these dogs are sequenced with us, we hope to expand on our results and how we can report the ancestry back to owners like yourselves.
We have actually written up a post about “non-dog breeds” and village dogs, which some of you may find interesting!
Check it out at:
Yes we are happy to provide you with the raw data files. I received your email, and will be sending them shortly.
Thank you for enrolling your dog with us, and we hope you have fun with the data!
We do not yet have Catahoula Leopard Dog in our reference panel. The more Catahoula Leopard Dogs that enroll and are sequenced, the more likely we will be able to add that breed! We need 12 unrelated purebred individuals enrolled and sequenced in order for us to add them to the panel.
Even though we do not yet have your dogs breed in the panel, we are more than happy to have them participate. As of right now, if your dogs were sequenced, the results would come back as calling the most related breeds. But please know, that results are updated if any changes are made to the panel.
Thank you very much for enrolling both of your dogs in our research. We are excited to learn about their unique behaviors and personalities, and to see what they are hiding in their DNA!
We are so sorry to hear of your loss, our sincerest condolences.
That is wonderful that you have a blood sample, and we can certainly use that for the Trailblazer, whole genome sequencing if interested.
Please know that there may be additional costs since blood samples, and the extraction of them, are not usually in our sequencing pipeline.
If you have any questions or concerns we would be happy to chat with you about the details at email@example.com
We apologies for the long wait with the free participation. As mentioned above, it is not so much a “backlog” but more so that we need to acquire more grant funding in order to support the sending out and sequencing of our free participation samples. The “wait” is also dependent on when enrolled, how many surveys have been completed, and again, if the dog is a fit for the grant approved at that time.
We have a hardy system in place to keep track of the data and samples in our procession. The samples can remain stable and viable for years! 🙂
Please know that this is research oriented, and we are not business run like other canine genetics tests out there.
With that said, our sequencing methods differ from that of other test – we look at nearly 5,000,000 markers in the DNA compared to that of Embark (200,000) and Wisdom Panel (1,800).
Again, we apologize for the long wait with the free participation, but we continue to apply for more grants to support the research and your dogs DNA sample. If you do not wish to wait any longer, we have added the option for owners to support their dogs sample for sequencing.
Thank you for enrolling all of your dogs! We apologize for the long wait for one of them, whom is participating for free. We continue to apply for more grant money to support these samples.
There are many variables to our “waitlist” such as when the dog enrolled, how many surveys have been completed and if dog’s survey answers fit the grant that we have received. Please know that we so also pick dogs at random to be sent out in order to not bias the data.
Thank you for enrolling your dog in our research! You are more than welcome to share the Embark results with us, and once your dog has a Darwin’s Ark DNA sample, we can compare them!
That is all we can really do with the Embark results though, we will need a new DNA sample from your dog for our specific research. This is because our sequencing methods look at many more markers in your dogs DNA.
So while having the Embark results is interesting, we will still need a sample from your dog for Darwin’s Ark. You are welcome to participate on the Free Kit Waitlist or Order Analysis, however you would prefer to participate!
Since we already have your dog’s DNA sample on hand, it will only be $99.00 to support it.
Please log in and go to “My Laboratory” and under your dogs name, you will see “Order Analysis” where it will provide you with the $99.00 option.
If you have any other questions, I am happy to help, or please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you are well!
Our apologies in the delay in updates. We are getting the samples out for sequencing and providing results, just at a bit of a slower pace than before the pandemic. I am happy to email you directly to inform you of your dogs status.
When you go to “View Laboratory” and you see on the left hand side “Other Members- Invite People” these invites are specifically to your dogs profile. So by inviting people there, they will be able to see your dog’s profile. This may be helpful for multiple owners of one dog, say other family members who want to be involved.
I hope this helps to explain the invite option, please let me know if you have any other questions.