As it’s Crufts week the media will be on the look out for pedigree dog stories; wonder if they will pick up on the dog genome project? We announced that we were looking at it and sending a representative to the Seminar to ask questions. They went, they reported and we are so pleased and proud to report that Glen of Imaal Terriers are now number 12 on the list of breeds definitely participating. The seminar was on the Friday, the reports received over the weekend and by Tuesday two cheques had been received at the Animal Health Trust, one from each breed club. TOGETHER WE CAN!!! The full story can be read and hopefully any questions answered but the one thing that keeps coming up is “who will it be then?” We don’t know and we won’t know. It’ll be anonymous.
Alison Seall (EFG Health Representative) send the following:-Now that the Glen of Imaal Terrier breed clubs have agreed to back the “Give a Dog a Genome” (GDG) project at the Kennel Club’s Genetic Centre at the Animal Health Trust (AHT), the search for a suitable “candidate” Glen will soon begin
One possible source is our DNA Archive at the AHT and so we would like to encourage Glen owners to submit cheek swabs from their Glens, for the archive … and maybe your Glen will be the one chosen to have his/her whole genome sequenced. NB. The AHT will not reveal the identity of the Glen whose genome is sequenced.
If you wish to make a contribution to our DNA Archive, please contact me to request a swab kit:
Alison Seall, EFG Health Coordinator : Email: firstname.lastname@example.org : Tel: 01403 269038
(The AHT request a small, voluntary donation of £5.00 to cover the cost of the swab kit, administration costs and long-term storage).
For more information and a video demonstrating how to take the swabs, please visit the EFGHealth website: www.efghealth.co.uk/dna_archive.html
You can find information about: How to request a swab kit — Contents of the DNA swab kit — Documentation requested by the Animal Health Trust
IF ANYONE COMING TO CRUFTS WOULD LIKE SWAB KITS, I WILL HAVE A FEW KITS AVAILABLE!