support give a dog a genome
Each genome we sequence will have the potential to help its own breed and also other breeds too. The bigger our bank of genomes, the more powerful it is and the more dogs we can help.
The Kennel Club Charitable Trust (KCCT) pledged £75,000 to be spent on genome sequencing. This was matched by £75,000 from 75 breeds (£1,000 each), effectively doubling the funding available, and will enable us to sequence the genomes of twice as many (75) different dogs.
Once a genome has been sequenced, it is a permanent resource that geneticists can use now, and for years to come. This will help your breed and many other breeds of dog in the process. The AHT is also committed to education, one of our core charitable objectives, so we may share anonymous sequencing data with researchers from other institutions, if it is in the best research interest to do so.
How YOU can Support Give a Dog a Genome
Give a Dog a Genome has been wonderfully supported and we have already filled the 75 places available. However, we anticipate there will be a second phase (GDG2) where we sequence the genomes of even more breeds that were not sequenced during the first phase. This will begin in 2018, once we have secured additional funding.
We anticipate that for each breed there may be multiple stakeholders (Breed Clubs and individual owners and breeders, for example) with an interest in this project, so we kindly ask that initial enquiries are made through the respective Breed Health Coordinator, who will be best able to coordinate your breed’s participation.
To simplify administration of the project we ask that breed stakeholders coordinate their efforts, communicate with us via the Breed Health Coordinator and ultimately make a single donation. However, if breeds would like to contribute more than £1,000 to the project, to fund the sequencing of more than one dog, there are options to do this that are detailed in our FAQs.
If you have any specific questions that aren't answered by our FAQs please contact Louise Burmeister by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01638 751000 Ext: 1274.
Find out if your breed is already taking part!
Give a Dog a Genome Timeline:
- Registering interest – COMPLETED
The 75 breeds that will receive Kennel Club Charitable Trust matched funding will be assigned on a first come first served basis. Once a Breed Health Coordinator (BHC) has emailed Give a Dog a Genome to register their interest and support for the project, that breed will be added to the GDG waiting list to temporarily secure the KCCT funding while the £1,000 donation is raised.
- Confirming interest – COMPLETED
Once a BHC has registered interest in the Give a Dog a Genome project they will be given approximately four weeks to confirm their breed’s interest, at which point they will be assigned a confirmed position on the waiting list, subject to receipt of £1,000 by a specified date, which will be no sooner than three months in the future. Breeds that register their interest and are not included in the first phase of the initiative will be placed on the list for the second phase, GDG2.
- £1,000 donation – COMPLETED
The Breed Health Coordinator, or someone appointed by them, will then have at least three months to coordinate or raise the £1,000 donation, or update the AHT of their donation progress to maintain their breed’s place on the list.
- After donation is received – ONGOING
Once the donation has been received the AHT will liaise with breed representatives to identify possible candidates for the whole genome sequencing. DNA will be submitted in the normal form of a cheek swab sample from at least two or three candidate dogs.
- Genome sequencing – ONGOING
The identity of the dog whose DNA is sequenced will be kept strictly confidential by the AHT. The BHC will be informed when the genome has been sequenced and if there are any significant results straight away. Certificates to mark this contribution will also be issued, if required.
- Updates – 2016 and 2017
Throughout 2016 and 2017 the AHT will be issuing updates on the progress and developments of Give a Dog a Genome via the AHT news page, press releases, and a dedicated GDG email list.
If you would like to sign up to email updates, please click here.
- 2018 –
Review of breeds sequenced and what we’ve learnt in phase 1 of Give a Dog a Genome. Initiation of phase 2.
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