This is a great suggestion – how would we go about investigating this possibility? Please let us know.
Absolutely! Our hope is that individuals as well as Breed Clubs and Societies will make contributions to help support the Genetics Centre. We believe that the broader the funding base is, the more secure the Centre will be. So a large number of smaller donations could work just as well as fewer larger contribution. Every little helps.
Thank you for this suggestion – we will give it some serious thought.
No we do not – we consider the best way to benefit dogs is to share and collaborate freely with other researchers around the world, and in return we benefit from the expertise and findings of others.
Whole genome sequencing of additional breeds is certainly something we could consider. The first phase of GDG benefitted from matched costs from the Kennel Club, which reduced the cost to each breed. Matched funds would not be available from the KC going forwards (we imagine) but genome sequencing costs have reduced since the first phase of GDG – so if this would be of interest to breeds please let us know.
We consider is to be a crowdfunding exercise, albeit one that is targeting people with an interest in breeding and owning healthy dogs.
Cathryn will be at Crufts representing the Canine Genetic Centre, sharing a stand with Canine Genetic Testing, who will be selling DNA tests and are covering the costs.