Impact Stories

Girl with Husky PuppyIn science, progress is measured in small steps along the way to major discoveries.  By consistently funding the most innovative research, the AKC Canine Health Foundation is realizing both small milestones and major breakthroughs in canine health.  Your support helps us progress towards our goal to prevent, treat and cure canine disease. 

Gene for Merle Color Pattern Discovered March 29, 2006

Researchers at Texas A&M University have recently published an article describing their identification of the genetic mutation that causes merle coat color patterning in several breeds. The merle coat color is also associated with several health concerns including deafness.

Dog Genome Sequence and Analysis Published in Nature December 12, 2005

An international research team led by scientists at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard announced the completion of a high-quality genome sequence of the domestic dog. Funded in part by grants from the AKC Canine Health Foundation, the genome sequence provides a catalog of 2.5 million specific genetic differences across several dog breeds.

Use of the Canine Genome May Help Develop Cancer Therapies May 10, 2005

With funding from the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), the laboratory of Dr. Matthew Breen has developed a canine cancer cytogenetics ‘toolbox’ that allows the presence of chromosome changes associated with canine cancers to be evaluated.

Discovery of Two Epilepsy Genes the First Steps in a Longer Journey January 1, 2005

This article is about the discovery of the first genes responsible for two rare forms of epilepsy in dogs.

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