Help Professor Bill Ballard and Dr Robert Zammit conduct the world's first long-read genome sequencing of “Kira” the German Shepherd dog (pictured above). Your gift will contribute towards vital research to help understand why Hip Dysplasia occurs in some dogs but not in others. This work is critical to help ease the pain associated with this condition and to ensure that service dogs are able to help their humans for as long as possible.
Identification of DNA variations that cause Hip Dysplasia in German Shepherds will also help future studies in other breeds that have hip-associated problems including Golden Retrievers, St. Bernards, Labradors and Rottweilers. This cutting edge research will use Pacific Biosciences and 10X Technologies next-generation sequencing and then Bionano Genomics to assemble the DNA.
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Note: If the amount raised is less that the target, funds will be directed towards the Canine Health Foundation Research Grant project entitled “Eliminating canine hip-dysplasia: German Shepherd Dogs as a model research” awarded to Professor Ballard, Dr Rob Zammit and Professor Ottmar Distl.