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Yes, being processed at Gencove means that we have sent out your dogs sample to be sequenced! Gencove is the place that will be doing the sequencing, it is located in New York. Once sequenced, we will get back the data and start our computational work. This will take some time as we are using new and improved technologies in order to get you the most information about your dog! Currently, we are able to send out around 300-500 sample for sequencing when we can (grant money limits us).
Please let me know if you have any further questions, and thank you for your participation!
Yes, you can update your surveys especially since he was a pup when you first did them! If you know which behaviors have really changed, you can individually pick which survey to revise, you do not have to do all of them over again. Thank you for checking first!
If you go to your dog’s profile and click on the link personalized feedback you will see a long barcode number starting with 3100…….. This means that a kit has been prepared for you and will arrive soon! 🙂
Hi there, I have checked your information and you’re all set to receive a DNA kit. I also noticed that you are a new participant in the study. We do have a waiting list right now since there is overwhelming interest in our research (which is a great thing!). The down side is that a kit might take a while to get to you since we are a small group trying to get thousands of kits out to eligible participants. Right now it is hard to estimate for newer participants when a kit will arrive, but we are estimating around 1-2 months. We apologize for the long wait, but are doing our best!
Also, as of the health of your dog Frank, I hope everything is okay! Please know that our research is looking into correlating behavior an genetics. We are not veterinarians and cannot provide you that specific of health information. When results do come in (which will take time) you can certainly bring it up with your vet to check out the genetic components!
Thank you very much for your participation and patience with our research! 🙂
Hi Steffany, that is very interesting! I hope your dog is doing okay! Once we have assessed the allergy data we may certainly be interested in seeing what information owner have about their dogs’ allergies. For now that we will wait to receive that information. We will let you know when and where to send it when the time comes! Thank you!
I am glad that your brought up this topic. Currently we have funding to look into canine allergies, and have included a survey that gets at this topic. It is something that is impacting many dogs and we hope to help through this research!
As for the kits, yes we are still backlogged. We are a small group and doing our best to get them out to all eligible participants. Sending out kits to thousands of participants is the responsibility of really 1-2 people and it is a lot of work. We ask for your patience as we are doing our best. Thank you! 🙂January 25, 2018 at 3:51 pm in reply to: Questions about sample collection and social media posting #5505
Hi Rhonda, now worries! We should most definitely be able to pull out their DNA from the saliva. Thank you for letting us know!
We apologize for the long wait, you are indeed eligible to receive both of your kits. As you may have seen on other forums, we are a bit backlog since there are so many participants which is a great, but we are a small lab trying to get thousands of kits out to eligible participants. Two barcodes will appear on your dogs profile under the tab “personalized feedback”. When they do appear this means the kits are on the way! 🙂
Again, we apologize for the wait, we are doing our best! Thank you for your support, participation and patience!December 27, 2017 at 4:14 pm in reply to: add another nose work idea to suggestions from surveys #6054
Great suggestion car2ner! We are always open to new ideas and hobbies for dogs and owners! We do have Tracking on there, but focus more so on nose work type of tracking.
When I was little and came home from school, I would immediately play with my dog getting him all excited then hide on him. It was so funny to watch him run into a room stop abruptly and then search like crazy for me! He was a Shar-pei mix and I could tell he was not really using his nose, more so learned where the hiding spots where! It is a great game for all dogs and owners. 🙂
Hi Joel, on the consent form you will see a link to a video which will show you how to swab your dog. To answer your question though, about 30 seconds in the dogs mouth will be sufficient.
Please ask if you have more questions after watching. Thank you for your participation!
Hi Flora, I see that you have completed all of the Darwin’s Dogs surveys. The survey “A Dog’s Breakfast” is the survey we are referring to for the allergy survey. There are places to make comments on the surveys if you would like to specify and give us more information about your dogs allergies. Thank you for your participation!
Hi Brie, I am not to sure if you are asking if Darwin’s Dogs is a citizen science project or if yours is. In the case that you are referring to our research, yes we consider ours citizen science. People have different opinions though of what citizen science constitutes and what the specific definition is. In our case, our participants are provided us with all of the information, answer the behavioral surveys and providing us with their dog’s biological sample (saliva).
I hope this helps you with your project. Best of luck! I used to work with service dogs, some ended up becoming reading dogs for kids in the classroom.
As for our methods and framework, that will definitely be in the papers we publish. For now that could be a great idea as a blog post on our webpage or even in our newsletter. We are alway happy to hear new ideas as to what people want to learn more about in our lab.
Hi Clare, we are in the process of connecting you dog’s swab, which has a barcode ID to your profile. You will not be receiving another DNA kit since you did one at the festival. Thank you for your participation!
Thank you for your participation! We hope you had fun at the festival and at our booth. We are indeed connecting your email to the swab that you used on your dog.
As for the surveys, there are only a few questions that repeat themselves and are getting at the same thing. That is to make sure there is reliability within the survey answers. Please do not worry about changing your answers now if your don’t think that you answered the same. We want your first honest thought on the surveys.September 6, 2017 at 2:30 pm in reply to: Questions about sample collection and social media posting #5502
Hi Maureen, it would great to have the swab in the dogs mouth for about 30 seconds. We know that there will be dogs that are not a fan of the situation and in that case, if you only get the swab in for a few seconds remove it and then try again that could work. Some dogs will be more difficult than others, but please don’t be forceful with your dog, as that will make it a bad experience for you and your dog. As long as there seems to be saliva on the swab, and put it into the solution, you should be fine!