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March 13, 2013
In a blind study published in The Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery conducted by Dr. Geoff Olsen and Dr. Brian Speer, Animal Genetics / Avian Biotech was the only laboratory to get a perfect score on all positive and negative test results. One lab reported 8 out of ten negative samples as positive.

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July 10, 2012
Animal Genetics purchases an additional genetic analyser (ABI3130xl) to handle increased demand and improve service.

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June 26, 2012
Animal Genetics now offers testing for 3 DNA markers for splash white pattern in certain breeds of horses.

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April 17, 2012
Animal Genetics publishes 3rd paper on Avian Borna Virus in Avian Diseases. Please contact us for a copy.

Research at Animal Genetics UK

General Research:

- Further developing assays using locked nucleic acid (LNA™) oligonucleotides that offer higher specificity and sensitivity than current methods. LNA primers increase the ability to discriminate between closely-related sequences and successful detection of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs).

 

- Nanopore DNA sequencing using technologies such as the GridION System developed by Oxford Nanopore Technologies.

 

 

Avian Research:

Research at Animal Genetics is directed toward a better understanding of some fundamental aspects of the biology and evolution of birds. In the past the most intensely investigated subjects have involved: 

a) The structure and evolution of the avian W- and Z-sex chromosomes, especially as this relates to molecular, DNA-based sex identification of birds; and

b) The phylogeny and the evolution of the Psittaciforms (parrots, parakeets) as derived from the sequences of selected sex-chromosomal DNA sequence elements.

More recently research has been directed toward: 

c) A better understanding of the mode of action of certain avian viruses, most notably the virus causing Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD); and

d) Diagnosis of Avian Bornavirus infection in psittaciforms by serum antibody detection and reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction assay using feather calami.


Canine Research:

Due to an increase in the number of Australian Shepherds, as well as other breeds, being diagnosed with Pelger-Huet Anomaly, Animal Genetics is interested in finding the genetic basis for this inherited disease. We hope to develop a DNA test that is cost effective, doesn't require a vet visit, and can be performed using non-invasive cheek swab samples.

Equine Research:

a) Developing new assays for equine inherited disorders and physical traits.

 

b) Developing LNA primers for multiplexing equine assays on an ABI3130xl.