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Breed Health Updates 2017

GIVE A DOG A GENOME –
PROJECT REACHES SEQUENCING MILESTONE 

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Message from Steve Dean, Breed Health Co-ordinator

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Breed Health Group Meeting Notes 

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Give a Dog a Genome Project - April 2017 Update 

Message sent to Steve Dean, BHC : “I would once again like to thank you and the Border Terrier community for participating in Give a Dog a Genome (GDG). Please find attached a GDG update.Thank you for your incredible support of and participation in Give a Dog a Genome. If you have any questions or concerns please email me on gdg@aht.org.uk.
Yours faithfully,
Louise and the rest of the Give a Dog a Genome Team”

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Breed Health Updates

Our Breed Health Co-ordinator Steve Dean has asked us to share the following recently published papers by Mark Lowrie on the subject of CECS.

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Gluten Case

PDs in Dogs, Review

Breed Health Meeting Update

Please click here for report from the Chairman of the Breed Health Meetings which took place on Sunday 9 April 2017.

SHAKING PUPPY SYNDROME – SEQUENCING BEGINS ANNOUNCEMENT FROM BORDER TERRIER BREED HEALTH CO-ORDINATOR – PROFESSOR STEVE DEAN

I am pleased to pass on the below information just received from the Animal Health Trust about the Give a Dog a Genome Project and work being done there on SPS. This is good news and comes as a result of the action by the seven Border Terrier breed clubs who, working with the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, have contributed the funds to enable this to take place. This is just the beginning of the scientific work that could take some time, but needs to be carried out if we are to find a way of eliminating this problem in the breed.”

FROM THE ANIMAL HEALTH TRUST
“As you already know, we selected a Border Terrier with “Shaking puppy syndrome” to be whole genome sequenced as part of Give a Dog a Genome (GDG). A DNA sample from a suitable dog has now been sent to a commercial laboratory for sequencing. 

“What happens next?

“The sequencing is expected to take up to 8 weeks to complete, after which the data will be made available to us to download, process and analyse. The volume of data generated for each individual sample is extremely large and takes 3-4 days to download and process. The sequence data may also be shared with other scientists as we deem necessary or helpful. Additional analysis of the data to attempt to identify any variants that contribute to “Shaking puppy syndrome” will take far longer. Please be aware that it is entirely possible that we will not be able to identify any variants that contribute to this condition. However, even if this is the case, the data still can and will be used in investigations of inherited disease in other breeds. 

“You will continue to receive any general GDG updates, but apart from that we will contact you only if there is something specific to the Border Terrier to report. I would once again like to thank you and the breed community for participating in Give a Dog a Genome.

“If you have any questions or concerns please email me on gdg@aht.org.uk.

Yours faithfully, 
Louise and the rest of the Give a Dog a Genome Team.”

Give a Dog a Genome

All seven Border Terrier Clubs have joined together to answer the Animal Health Trust's call for breeds to join them in their quest to "Give a Dog a Genome." For details of this scheme, see the Frequently Asked Questions at: http://www.aht.org.uk/skins/Default/pdfs/Give_a_Dog_a_Genome_FAQs.pdf
The seven Border Terrier Clubs have jointly funded the £1,000 required to have one of our breed included in the genome sequencing.
The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has pledged another £1,000 towards the £2,000 cost to have the sequencing carried out for each of the first 50 breeds that sign up to this, so the KCCT will be donating £50,000 in total this year towards the scheme.
Our Joint Clubs' cheque for £1,000 has been sent to the Animal Health Trust and receipt of it has been acknowledged; the breed is listed at number 5 on the list of participating breeds:
http://www.aht.org.uk/cms-display/genetics_gdg_participating_breeds.html