I completed the surveys for Riley and Charlie on 2/28/18. When will we be receiving their kits? It seems as though Charlie has developed allergies.
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Yes, you are all set to receive a kit! Please check out some of our other forums for more detailed information of waiting for a kit. We are a bit backlogged due to the overwhelming interest in our research (which is in the long run a great thing!). Eligible participants will receive a kit, there is just a waiting list right now since we are a small group trying to get thousands of these kits out.
We apologize for the wait, and are doing our best! We thank you very much for your participation and patience!
we applied for ours in April also and just got them today, they are ready to be shipped back for tomorrow, can't wait for the results
I've seen several mentions on several posts about allergies. Is that part of the DNA test?
Hi Kristen, we have a grant that will help us to focus in on canine allergies, so we have incorporated allergy questions into your surveys. We are very interested to learn more and pinpoint what is going on.
Just as a side note, we hope that all dog owners are able to fill out all (currently 21) behavior surveys on their dogs profiles. The more information we have about each dog, the better!
I did my survey December 2017 and I still haven’t received my kit. When should I be expecting this?
I have checked our database and you do have two kits coming your way. We apologize for the wait, as we have been backlogged in sending the kits out on time. You can see the status of the location on your dogs profile under "personalized feedback". Please let me know if you have not receive them in the next two weeks. We greatly appreciate your participation and patience!
I've sent 2 kits back and it's been almost 6 months. When can I expect results?
This research project is focusing on correlating behavior and genetics, as well as improving algorithms to tell ancestry of your dog. We constantly working on determining new and improve techniques to better understand our four-legged friends. We are not like DNA testing businesses, we have a much different goal. There are many things that slow down research, especially when it comes to grant money. We can only send out about 300-500 sample when allowed a this point.
To combat the money issue, we are making Darwin's Dogs into a nonprofit in the very near future, so owners can donate to their dogs sample to speed up the pipeline process. This of course is optional. Once a sample is sent out for sequencing, we will receive raw data which we then need to do computational work on to make sense of it all and then report it back to you. The first information we will be able to determine is what we call "breed calling" which will tell you the ancestry of your dog. Then beings the journey of trying to correlate the behavior and genetics, which has never been done before. I wish I could tell you an exact date to expect results, but with research like this, it cannot be rushed. I hope this helps to better paint a picture of how this process work and why it is taking time. We greatly appreciate your participation and patience with this research!
When results are ready, we will upload it to your Darwin's Dogs profile so it will all be electronic.