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DNA SAMPLES NEEDED
The Van Andel Research Institution in Grand Rapids, MI needs additional DNA samples from Beagles!

The CHCC (Canine Hereditary Cancer Consortium) is requesting samples from beagles who have had hemangiosarcoma (usually splenic tumors). We simply need three mls of whole blood in an EDTA (purple top) tube.

The PCHP (Program for Canine Health and Performance) is requesting saliva samples from Beagles affected with Chondrodysplasia or Beagle Pain Syndrome/Steroid Responsive Meningitis (SRM).  A free saliva collection kit will be sent to your home, sampling takes less than 3 minutes. 

We are comparing the DNA of dogs who develop the previously mentioned diseases to the DNA of dogs who do not have the disease. These DNA studies are designed to help us develop better treatments, earlier diagnostics and perhaps DNA tests to serve as another tool in the breeders' toolbox.

DNA is also needed from healthy Beagles.  Ideally, ‘controls‘ might be from older dogs,  but we would like to collect healthy dogs at all ages, as certain biases can stem from an exclusive focus on older dogs.  Healthy dogs will be sent buccal cheek swab kits, which can also be collected at home.  Bulk DNA kits can be sent to clubs, breeders, or groups of owners willing to collect large sample numbers quickly.  Smaller sets can be sent to individuals by request.

The PCHP and CHCC will pay for the shipping of samples back to the lab.  There is no cost to participate, and all owner and dog information is kept strictly confidential.  

To request DNA collection kits, please contact the Program for Canine Health and Performance by emailing dogdna@tgen.org with your mailing address and number of healthy dog kits and affected dog kits needed.

Please contact Roe Froman, DVM, for more specific information regarding blood sample submission. Thank you for your help!

 Roe Froman, DVM
Senior Veterinary Research Scientist
Van Andel Institute
333 Bostwick Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

616.234.5556

www.vai.org/helpingdogs