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  • in reply to: Dogs do die #17098

    brittney logan
    Keymaster

    Hi Kelly,

    Thank you for letting us know. We have deleted that dog’s account for you.

    Best,
    Brittney

    in reply to: Access to data base #17097

    brittney logan
    Keymaster

    Hi Paloma!

    How exciting, we would be happy to help out.

    In our recently published paper, you can access all of the behavioral survey and genetic data in the supplemental materials of the paper. You will be able to access it via the Data Dryad data release.

    Here is a link to the paper:
    https://www.science.org/doi/full/10.1126/science.abk0639

    Please email us directly at support@darwinsark.org if you are looking for a particular sample set and we can further assist.

    Best,
    Brittney

    in reply to: DNA testing instructions #17006

    brittney logan
    Keymaster

    Hi apologies for not including the packing instruction into the video.

    You are welcome to keep the cylinder tube, that does not need to be sent back. Please collect the sample and then insert into the biohazard bag. Then but the biohazard bag into the insulated bag and finally into the mailer.

    Thank you for reaching out, and again our apologies for not including this.

    Best,
    Brittney at Darwin’s Ark

    in reply to: DNA collection #17004

    brittney logan
    Keymaster

    Hi Leslie,

    Thank you for enrolling and collecting a sample from your dog!

    We have a video below on how to collect, if you would like to check it out and see if it looks like what you did on your dog.

    If the sequencing does not work, we try the sample one more time and if it fails again, we will get in touch with you about the next steps.

    Swab

    in reply to: Quality of the questions #16984

    brittney logan
    Keymaster

    Hi Simone,

    We respect your opinion and thank you for sharing.

    Our surveys were created via many validated surveys such as:

    Dog Personality Questionnaire (Jones 2009)
    Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Rating Scale (Salvin 2010)
    Dog Impulsivity Assessment Scale (Wright 2011)
    Canine Health and Quality of Life Survey (Lavan 2013)
    Dog Obesity Risk Assessment (Raffan 2015)

    In addition, we collaborate with the IAABC Foundation, made up of professional dog behaviorist to create additional questions. To conduct this type of research we need a vast amount of data, and we believe the best way to collect it is by the owners who know their dog best!

    I hope this helps,
    Brittney


    brittney logan
    Keymaster

    Hi Robin,

    I am so sorry for you loss, my sincerest condolences.

    It looks like you have completed all of the surveys for your dog. As of right now, we do not have an “end of life survey”, but certainly something we could look into creating. Again, I am so sorry for your loss, but we thank you very much for having your dog contribute to this research, his/her legacy will continue to live on through the findings.

    Best,
    Brittney

    in reply to: why all the envelopes #16885

    brittney logan
    Keymaster

    Hi Joan,

    Our apologies for the extras!

    You can ignore the extra blank shipping mailer, and larger bag. The most important packing materials are the biohazard, foil bag and then of course the exterior mailer with the return address.

    Thank you for reaching out and letting us know, and again we apologies for the confusion.

    If you have any other questions, I am happy to help or you can email us at support@darwinsark.org

    in reply to: why all the envelopes #16884

    brittney logan
    Keymaster

    Hi Joan,

    Our apologies for the extras!

    You can ignore the extra blank shipping mailer, and larger bag. The most important packing materials are the biohazard, foil bag and then of course the exterior mailer with the return address.

    Thank you for reaching out and letting us know, and again we apologies for the confusion.

    If you have any other questions, I am happy to help or you can email us at support@darwinsark.org

    in reply to: Congratulations!! New Study published #16752

    brittney logan
    Keymaster

    Hi Krista,

    This means so much to us, thank you for your support throughout this journey!

    We really couldn’t have done it without all of our Darwin’s Ark owners and their dogs. We continue to apply for more grant funding so that we can support even more awaiting participants.

    The research continues on! 🙂

    in reply to: 4 years and still waiting! #16522

    brittney logan
    Keymaster

    Hi Anna,

    We understand you confusion. I am happy to help explain how the research works, and why there are still owners awaiting results.

    Throughout the years, our research has been solely grant funded, and with those funds, we were able to sequence 2,000 of our Darwin’s Dog DNA samples that were generously provided by owners. Many of the samples had completed all of the behavioral surveys. This survey data was crucial to finding correlations between behavior and genetics and was a result of our recent publication.

    Our goal is to sequenced ALL of the dogs enrolled with us, the more dogs with samples and behavioral data, the more there is to uncover and learn about our best friends. We wish we could sequence all of the samples we have on hand, but funding is certainly a limiting factor, and we are doing all that we can to keep applying.

    We have not forgotten about the dogs that have not yet been sequenced, they are a huge priority of ours as it is valuable data just wait to been unearthed, and it is owners eagerly awaiting to better understand their dog.

    Since funding can take time, we provided the option for owners to donate to have their dogs sample sequenced right away and avoid the wait. This of course is optional and participants are more than welcome to remain of the Free Participation Waitlist until we have additional funding to support them.

    I hope this helps to explain why this research takes time. We certainly wish we could do it all at once, but are doing the best we can with what we currently have.

    Thank you very much for enrolling your dog with us, we greatly appreciate your contributions to science!

    Best,
    Brittney

    in reply to: Ribbons? #16518

    brittney logan
    Keymaster

    Hi Amy,

    Great question! The ribbons represent which projects your dog is enrolled in.

    For example, the purple ribbon means the dog is enrolled in the Working Dog Project and Pink means enrolled in the Cancer Project. We also have a black ribbon which means the dog has passed.

    Thank you for enrolling you dog with us! 🙂

    in reply to: Cloning #16516

    brittney logan
    Keymaster

    Hi Jennifer,

    We have not intentions or plans to ever use the DNA for cloning.

    Best,
    Brittney

    in reply to: Science Publication #16514

    brittney logan
    Keymaster

    Thank you so much Gretchen!

    We greatly appreciate your support with this research, and we are so excited to share with all!

    Best,
    Brittney

    in reply to: 4 years and still waiting! #16351

    brittney logan
    Keymaster

    Hi David,

    Thank you for enrolling your dog with us.

    We apologize for the long wait, and understand your frustrations.

    This research is still ongoing and we continue to work with the data to discover more about our four-legged best friends.

    I can assure you that your dogs sample remains safe and stable. Your dog is participating for free, meaning we can support the sequencing process when additional funding is obtained. We continue to apply for more grants, and your dog’s data is helping us to do so.

    If you do not want to wait, we provide the option for owners to support their dog’s sample to be sequenced (since the sample is with us, it would only be $99).

    We thank you very much for your patience and participation in this research.

    Best,
    Brittney

    in reply to: Just got VERY LATE results, dog died in 2019 #16326

    brittney logan
    Keymaster

    Hi Erin,

    We apologize for the delay and any frustrations it has caused. I am glad we were able to sequence your other two dogs and will personally email you regarding your third dogs sample.

    As for your question regarding us sending out 20 samples in a year, that is not the case. We used to have to wait for a batch of 20 samples to come in, and then we could send out that batch to be sequenced. We now have to wait to have at least 96 samples prepped and ready to be sent out together in a batch to be sequenced.

    I hope this helps!

    Best,
    Brittney

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