1660: Determination of Viral Contribution to Cardiac Disease in a Select Population of Salukis

Grant Status: Closed

Grant Amount: $10,000
Dr. John Gerlach, PhD, Michigan State University
September 24, 1998 - May 5, 2000
Breed(s): Saluki
Research Program Area: Prevention

Project Summary

Using cardiac tissue banked in a major effort by Saluki breeders, researchers studied tissue from 32 Salukis with cardiac problems. They screened the tissue for four viruses, including parvo and distemper, using nucleic amplification methods. They did not detect a viral contribution to cardiac disease in these dogs, though they could not rule out that a different methodology or sampling method might produce different results. This project sought to identify whether viruses play a contributing role in cardiac in the Saluki, with the goal of determining factors that can be controlled by preventative medicine or breeding plans.

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