1652: Development of a Multi-Generational DNA Tissue Bank and Registry for Tibetan Terriers
Grant Status: Closed
Project SummaryThis project developed a DNA tissue bank and registry for Tibetan Terriers (TT) to collect enough DNA to conduct research for genetic markers and to act as a pilot project. Researchers collected DNA from more than 250 dogs, and opened dialogue in the TT community, both in the U.S. and abroad, prompting breeders to talk more openly with one another about genetic problems. It also sparked interest from a number of other breed clubs seeking advice on establishing their own DNA banks. In collecting DNA from dogs with canine ceroid lipofuscinosis, the researchers determined that there were enough dogs with the disease to launch a study to find a genetic marker and that the problem is far more endemic in TTs than previously thought. Tibetan Terriers are affected by a number of genetic conditions, including progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, and canine ceroid lipofuscinosis.
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Participate in canine health research by providing samples or by enrolling in a clinical trial. Samples are needed from healthy dogs and dogs affected by specific diseases.