The ICB Integrated Breeder Tool pulls together the pedigree database, health information, DNA analyses, and population genetics of a breed so that ALL of this information can be used to make breeding decisions.
Instead of surfing online pedigree databases, looking for health information, and tallying up DNA test results, then trying to mash it together in your head to make the best decision, breeders need a single source for information and the tools to help them use it.
We are looking for a few breeds that would like to help us get this up and running by being "beta testers" of this new system. We would like to work with breeds that have a decent pedigree database and health records, but we will also help get those up to speed. We will be using the new 220,000 SNP high-density canine DNA chip from Embark, which includes markers for nearly 200 traits and mutations as well as X and Y chromosome haplotypes, autosomal and DLA diversity, and more, and it has the resolution necessary for gene discovery and future research. We want to work with a group of breeders that will be "all in", committed to improving the health of their breed while helping us build a state-of-the art breeding tool that will bring dog breeding into the twenty-first century.
For testing, we need a large amount of data and many breeders in a breed that will use it immediately so we can ferret out any problems. Consequently, we're looking for a few breeds with good data support that can round up a (preferably large) group of exceptionally committed breeders to work with us.
Contact ICB to discuss cost and logistics if your breed is interested. We will want to know the size and completeness of your pedigree database, what health data you have, the number of active users there will likely be, and the willingness of the breeders to do the DNA testing with Embark, for which we will be able to offer a good discount.
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