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Thank you for enrolling!
This project is still very active, and we cannot wait to learn more about your dog.
Please make sure to login and on the top tab click on My Laboratory -> View Laboratory. This will take you to your dogs profile, where you will see the options to either order the DNA kit or join the Free Kit waitlist.
If you are still having trouble, please try a different device or webpage browser, or please email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can further assist you.November 19, 2020 at 6:04 pm in reply to: Will there be new surveys and/or longitudinal studies #15452
First off, thank you so much for your kind words and support! We truly believe in open science, and we are happy to share how this research works.
As the research continues, we will certainly be adding more surveys, and you are right on the money about adding surveys regarding life stages! We have talked about adding surveys that go through puppyhood, adolescence, midlife and elderly age. We collaborate with the IAABC, and reference many other already published surveys when creating them. These surveys are still work in progress, but hopefully in the near future they will be added.
As your dog ages, we know behaviors may change. So we do provide the option to re-take any of the surveys. All original survey answers are saved in our database, so we will know if the answers changed over time.
Our apologies if you have been waiting some time for the Free Kit, but we greatly appreciate your patience and willingness to support you dogs DNA sample if you choose to go that route. We continue to apply for more grant money so that we can support our free participants. The survey data provide by owners absolutely helps us to assess and write up grants to receive more funding!
Again, thank you for the support, we are excited to learn more about your dog!
Even though we do not have his breed in our reference panel (yet!), we would still love to have him participate to the fullest!
You inclination is correct. Once your dog is sequenced, the results will likely come back identifying breeds that are related to the Bedlington Terrier, and might also have a good portion of “unknown”.
As the research continues and more dogs provide DNA samples, our reference panel will grow. In order to add a breed into our reference panel, we need at least 12 non-related individuals with sequenced data. When a new breed is added to the panel, we re-run all our participants data and will update the results.
If you know others with Bedlington Terriers, please let them know about our research! It would be wonderful to have this breed in our panel.
If you have not checked our our blog post regarding our results and updated reference panel here are the links below:
Understanding the Results
We do not use Embark, but you are more than welcome to share your dog’s Embark results with us so then we can do a comparison of their results to ours.
If interested in sharing, please check out our blog post regarding how to go about it:
With our sequencing methods, we can look at over 5,000,000 markers in the DNA compared to that of Embark, which is “over 200,000”. Embark does however have more breeds in their reference panel compared to our study. As our research continues and more dogs enroll providing more DNA samples, we hope to continuously grow the number of breeds that we can identify.
I hope this helps!
We understand your concerns and frustrations.
Thank you for recognizing that this is truely research based, and we do deeply apologize for the long wait.
We have the capability and technologies to be sequencing these samples, but the sequencing itself is costly. We are continuously searching for, and apply for more grants so that we can support our free participation samples. With the behavioral data that you and other participants are providing, it is greatly helping our research to discover and propose new studies for these grants.
In order for this research to work, and to discover correlations between behavior and genetics. we need THOUSANDS of dogs to participate. We wanted to be able to provide participation options to our citizen scientists, letting them decide, but we have stated that it can indeed take time for the free participation.
Again, I am so sorry that it has been so long, and we are just as eager to have the data! 🙂
Everyday, we continue our endeavor with the behavioral and genetic data that we have, applying for more funds so that we can support even more participants. As the data grows, so does our knowledge of canine behavior and genetics, thanks to our participating owners and their dogs.
We apologize for the long wait, and understand your frustrations.
I can assure you that your dogs sample remains safe and stable. Your dog is participating for free, meaning we will support the sequencing process when the funds are available. We continue to write up and apply for more grants so we can do so. We too are very eager to support our free participation samples.
If you do not want to wait, we have provided the option for owners to support their dogs sample to be sequenced (since the sample is with us it would only be $99).
Of course, the choice to remind participating for free or support your dogs sample is up to you!
We thank you very much for your patience, participation and for completing the behavioral surveys, which helps us to apply for more grants!
At this time our research is not reporting on the health tests, but can certainly return the raw results from the sequencing to you.
We are in the process of developing the physical trait results (like coat color tests) so that will eventually be reported on your dog’s profile at a later time.
We can accept the raw data from commercial tests, but aren’t doing anything with it research-wise right now.
Great question! We would love to have your dogs and their pups participate in our research.
We currently are not reporting on family lineage, but hope to add more reports to our analysis in the future!
If the pups owners are interested in participating, please let them know about Darwin’s Ark and have them created their own profile. We prefer to have the primary owners completed the behavioral surveys, as they see the dogs personality and habit every day!
If you have more specific question about getting them involved, please email us directly as we too can send them invitation email to enroll.
We apologize to the long wait for the Free Participation Kits. We continue to apply for more grant money so that we can support them. I can assure you that your dogs behavioral data is helping us to write up and apply for more grants so that we can support those waiting!
That is great that you were able to do the Embark kit! We would be happy to see the data and do a comparison when the time comes.
Below is a blog post that we have written up about how to share the raw data with us.
Yes, absolutely! Please feel free to enroll Luna in our Working Dog Portal.
Happy to help if you have any other questions.February 24, 2020 at 4:52 pm in reply to: "Sample is being sequenced" how long did it take after this? #15029
We apologize for the varying wait times. Our research is grant funded, so it can certainly take time to support all of the free participation samples.
Being grant funded means, at times, we are limited as to how many samples we can send out for sequencing. We must ensuring that we send out certain samples that meet the grant criteria.
For example, a recent grant of ours focused on food allergies, so we needed to ensure a portion of the samples sent were dogs with allergies. We also, need to make sure we send out samples at random, so that we are not to bias our results.
This makes for a somewhat unpredictable timeline of sending out our free participation samples.
In order for our research to support and send out more samples, we continue to apply for more grants. The behavioral surveys that all of you have filled out for your dog(s), are immensely helping us to propose more studies based on YOUR data!
It all comes full circle, your dog’s behavioral data provides interesting hypothesis for grants. In return, we receive more money to sequenced your dogs DNA sample, which provides more genetic data for the study! Our goal is not only to tell you about your dogs ancestry and genetic make-up, but to find correlations between your dog’s behaviors and genetics. As the research continues on, the more updates we will have for all of you.
Research takes time, and we apologize for the long wait, but we can assure you it is for a wonderful cause, to better understand our four-legged best friends!December 18, 2019 at 8:34 pm in reply to: "Sample is being sequenced" how long did it take after this? #14898
As we fight for every grant dollar to pay for the free kits, one way for us to make some headway in the research is to provide the opportunity to pay for kits, or for others’ kits (our new gifting option).
As we gain more data, our ability to apply for a wider range of grants increases. The more data from our citizen scientist helps us apply for grants, which in turn, pays for more free kits each year!
Our goal is to be granted enough funds to process ALL of the kits that have been submitted. Not only do we want to continue our research, but we also very much want to get all our participants the information and insight that they deserve, helping all dogs and people in the future.
We completely understand the frustration – please believe me when I say we are frustrated as well. We would much rather be able to sequence all of the samples right away, not only for the research, but for our participants.
Thank you all for your amazing patience and support.
We cannot do it without all of you!
I’m sorry to hear about Freckles, our condolences, but congrats on your new addition!
It’s not so much a certain age we recommend, really once you think you know your pups personality and routine. Certainly wait a few months until your pup is settled in. You can always go back into the surveys and edit you answers if you notice changes (we keep records of the changes, and there are comment sections for each questions).
Also, on her profile you will see “Enroll as Working Dog” she sounds like she will be a great candidate for this part of the research!
Happy to help if you have any other questions about the study, have fun!
We are so sorry to hear of your loss, our sincerest condolences.
Thank you for completing all of her surveys and taking her sample!
We have her sample here safe and sound. For samples that are already at the lab, it is only $99.00 to order the DNA analysis right away. Once it arrives at the lab for sequencing it is about 90-120 days until we have the raw data to create and upload the results.
Thank you Kristen, well said, we appreciate that!
Unfortunately it does take time for us to fund our participating dogs with the grant money that we have. We continue to apply for more though! The more data the more powerful the research.
In order to combat the wait time issue, we have made Darwin’s Ark into a non-profit, which allows owners to donate, funding their dogs sample to be sequenced right away. This is of course optional.
To learn more about our participation options, please check out our FAQ page.