DCA HEALTH AND WELFARE TRUST FUND WILL MOUNT EFFORT AT NATIONAL ON BEHALF OF EXTENDED CANINE GENOME PROJECT
A VETERINARIAN WILL BE AVAILABLE TO TAKE BLOOD SAMPLES at THE DCA FIELD TRAIL ON MARCH 30, 2006, AND AFTER CONFORMATION JUDGING ON FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2006.
The excerpt below from a letter to DCA explains a proposed Dachshund research project. The DCA Health and Welfare Trust Fund will support this project by having a veterinarian available to draw samples at the DCA Field Trial, and after conformation judging on Friday. Blood-collection kits, including all necessary information, instructions and forms, and a return mailer will also be available, as it is hoped that DCA members who do not have their dogs’ blood drawn at the National will take the kits home and make the relatively small effort and investment that could render a huge benefit to the overall welfare of the breed. Owners are urged to either have blood drawn at the National or to stop by the table and pick up kits, then take the kits and their dogs to veterinarians to have blood drawn for this important research project. For more information, contact Lisa Warren, email@example.com
Dear Mrs. O’Connell,
The Ostrander Laboratory at the National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH is soliciting donations of blood samples from all varieties of Dachshunds. Our aim to use these samples as part of a larger dataset aimed at finding genes important in disease susceptibility and progression, as well as to understand the genetic basis of canine body shape and size. Samples from Dachshunds are of particular importance for our research on canine morphology and achondroplasia, or dwarfed limbs. In addition to this research, our lab has active projects focused on finding genes for several types of cancer, hip dysplasia, and complex morphologic traits. We have, or are currently collaborating with other research groups studying canine heart disease, retinal disease, and epilepsy. Finally, we are interested in understanding the architecture of the canine genome and the historical relationships between breeds.
We are seeking to collect blood samples from at least 20-40 “unrelated” (no common grandparent) Dachshunds of each variety for inclusion in our studies. In addition to a blood sample we ask that owners provide the name and sex of the dog, AKC number, owner’s contact information, and a signed consent form. We also ask for a three generation pedigree with each blood sample. …
The Ostrander Lab is also seeking a set of body measurements of Dachshunds from owners who donate samples. These measurements include limb lengths, snout length, body length, etc. Measurements can be
completed in about 10 minutes for most dogs and provide tremendously valuable data for our research.
The above measurements, as well as all genetic and contact information collected for each dog will remain confidential. Specifically, your participation in the study, your dog’s pedigree, morphology data, health information you provide, and any data we get from your dog’s DNA sample will not be disclosed to any other Club personnel, the AKC, or the AKC Canine Health Foundation.
If you are interested in participating, know someone who is interested, or have questions please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> or (301) 451-9390. For information about the Canine Genome Project in the Ostrander lab and for links to recent publications, please visit our website at http://research.nhgri.nih.gov/dog_genome/.
Thank you so much for supporting canine health research!
Dana Mosher, Samples Manager
Ostrander Canine Genomics Lab
50 South Drive, Bldg. 50, Room 5347
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-8000
Phone: (301) 451-9390 Fax: (301) 594-0023