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- 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.
Great ideas! This is something that is definitely on our radar, but we just have not yet had the time to really get it going.
Hopefully in the near future!
The data is not yet available for download on the website, but we are happy to provide a copy directly. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with a staff scientist.
Best of luck with your work, and hopefully we can help!October 24, 2019 at 5:00 pm in reply to: "Sample is being sequenced" how long did it take after this? #14721
My apologies, I should have been more specific in my first reply. The wait time can vary depending on how your are participating.
Since Darwin’s Ark is research based , we run strictly off of grant money, limiting how many free participation samples can processed at a time. To combat the wait time issue, we made Darwin’s Ark into a non-profit, creating new participation levels.
Owners choosing the Free Participation Waitlist, will have their dogs DNA sequenced by our grant money. This takes time and is limited, but we continue to keep applying for more to support these samples.
If owners don’t want to wait for grant money, they can choose the Explorer Level where they themselves fund their dogs DNA to be sequenced. The sample goes to the lab right away, and this is where it takes about 90-120 days for results. Owners participating for free can click on “Order DNA Analysis” on their dogs profile ($99.00 if we have sample) if they would rather join the Explorer level.
We have more information about our participation levels on our FAQ, but I hope this helps to better explain the wait.
Thank you very much for your participation and patience.
Hi Ruth, great question!
As the research continues, we will add more to your dogs profile, such as size predictions based on genetics, personality reports and more to come! To find out what we are currently reporting, please check out our Stories tab, where we have a post about our results and what they mean.
If your dogs breed is not currently listed in our reference panel (list found on FAQ) then a portion on the results will likely be called “unknown”. As of right now, we are working on adding more breeds to the panel, and will continue to do so.October 8, 2019 at 2:50 pm in reply to: "Sample is being sequenced" how long did it take after this? #14702
Once the sample its sent out to be sequenced, it usually takes around 90-120 days until we received back the raw data. Then, we can create and upload your dogs results to his/her profile.
Hope this helps!
Hi Deborah, please email us at email@example.com for personal inquiries about your dog.
We will soon have Malinois along with a few other breeds added to our reference panel!
Currently, Kathleen Morrill our PhD student, is looking into validating and finding the ideal parameters for an updated breed reference panel. This panel will look at more genetic markers and includes several new breeds: American Pit Bull Terrier, Bearded Collie, Belgian Malinois, Chinook, English Shepherd, Entlebucher, Saluki, and Tibetan Mastiff.
Since we are purely a research group, we run only off of grant money. Our team continues to apply for more so that we can sequence the samples that we have waiting on the free participation list. The good news is that we have been able to slowly, but consistently send out free participation samples with the grant money that we have. 🙂
In order to combat this wait time issue, we made Darwin’s Ark into a non-profit so that owners can fund their own dog if they do not want to wait for more grant money to come in.
You are more than welcome to remain participating for free, meaning we will eventually support your dogs sample to be sequenced. The timeline for that is a bit unpredictable though as things like this take time. If you do not want to wait any longer, then we have that option for owners to fund their dogs sample for $99.00 if we have it here at the lab.
I hope this helped! Please let me know if you have any further questions.
As the research continues, our reference panel will expand as more dogs enroll. In order to add a breed to our panel, we need at least 12 unrelated, pure bred individuals.
I did check out database, and we do not yet have any purebred Plott Hounds (at least that have been confirmed by our participants on their profiles). We do have a variety of Coonhounds, but not enough just yet to add into the panel.
Hopefully as more people enroll and check off that their dog is pure, we will be able to start adding Plott an Coonhounds! One way to get this going is to spread the word to owners that might have these purebred dogs to enroll with us.
Thank you, Tracy, for participating and supporting our research. Our endeavor to find out more about our four legged friends is certainly not over yet!
If anyone is curious about what breeds we are currently calling, we have the full list up on our FAQ page. Please note that we are currently working on updating our reference panel with a few more breeds (including APBT!). Once the new breeds are added, we will re-run your dogs data against it and update the results.
Thank you everyone for sharing your dogs results, it is so interesting to see the comparison!
If you are curious about the “unknown” portion in your dogs results, this is the percentage that we could not confidently match to a single breed.