Hi! I completed "our" profiles a few weeks ago -- will the DNA test kits be mailed to me soon or do I have to do something to get them sent? My 4.5yold Pembroke is having elevated liver enzymes and they are wanting to put him through a liver biopsy. Ugh. I'm also wondering if there is an identified gene for hepatic microvascular dysplasia... or copper accumulation (Wilson's disease).. thanks for your help. janet
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Please make sure to validate your mailing address in your profile. Once that is done you and your dogs will be in the queue to receive a kit. But please be patient as we've had overwhelming enrollment from the dog community, so we are perpetually playing catch up.
As for the disorders you mention, I know that Wilson's disease is pretty well genetically mapped in humans, and a quick search suggests it's equally well understood in dogs. I don't know yet whether the genetic variant associated with Wilson's disease is in the set that we will be testing for. This disorder is a bit easier than others because - as far as I understand (which might not actually be that far!) this is a single genetic variant that causes the problem. Many diseases are the result of many interacting genes and environmental conditions.
This may be the case for microvascular dysplasia. While I'm not familiar with the disorder a literature search does suggest that recent research is identifying some inheritance patterns for the disorder, but no candidate variants or locations in the genome seemed readily apparent in my (admittedly very brief) search.
These should both come with the big caveat, however, that while I have a fairly well rounded training in biology, I'm the behavior expert here at Darwin's Dogs. I'll run these two disorders by Elinor who knows the genetics much better than I do to see if she's familiar with them.
I finished my surveys months ago. And I'm pretty sure my mailing address has been verified. Just wondering when I can expect my DNA kits?
Jessica, you are on the list to receive a kit, and coincidentally, I happen to remember printing out the mailing labels for your dogs this morning. They should be out in the mail in the next several days - or the first one will be, the other will be about a week later.
If you submit a DNA kit and we are able to analyze your dogs DNA, we will certainly share the data with you. We believe this data is yours and we want to share the findings with you! We are thinking that the results will be shared on our webpage, but this is still to be discusses as it will take time to analyze, and make sense of the data itself. It would take to much time and work to mail back or email individual results, so the result will most likely be shared on the Darwin's Dogs webpage in your dogs profile.
I completed the survey maybe two months ago. I had trouble trying to get the website to verify my address. Can you check that the address is verified?
I just received my DNA kit for dog 1 of 3. I know there is limited supply. But the instructions claim there is a site to view videos, it is not working at the moment. http://darwinsdogs.org/kit.php You may need to check into that.
Allen, yup, you're all set and you're on the list to receive a kit.
Vincente, thanks for pointing that out. We just migrated our website to an entirely new system and I seemed to have overlooked that page. It's back in place now.
You are very welcome Jesse. I am glad my message was helpful. Just finished my kit and will get it in the mail tomorrow! (mail was already picked up today)
I my dogs profile and the surveys a few months ago. When do the DNA kits get sent out?
I'm also wondering when my kit will be coming- I filled out all info and verified my address in August
Colleen and Annalise, you're both all set to receive a kit and are in the queue - but as you just signed up a month and a half ago we have a good number of dogs ahead of yours in the queue. I suspect yours should be in the mail by mid November.
I sent my DNA kit back months ago. Any idea when I will get my results?
We do have your information in our database. This research will take time and as of right now we cannot put a date on when the results will be ready. Right now we are currently waiting for the genotyping chip to be ready. After that we will then need to do computational work on the data we receive back, and make sense of the results to give to you. It could be a while before we are ready, but we appreciate your patience and participation! When we start a new phase of the research we will certainly post on the forums, and social media to let our participants know! :)
I have been reading posts and it sounds like everyone is expecting you to do their dog's DNA. Is this what you are doing? I thought you were reviewing information and selecting to sequence only the DNA from dogs that qualify for a given study? Yes, I'm also participating and hope my dogs are selected but I also want to have a better understanding of behavior and canine genetics. Are people wanting a freebie when there are kits you can buy?
Linda, it's somewhere between those two options. We do intended to provide a saliva kit to everyone who completes a majority of the surveys. But genotyping all those samples is far more expensive - so for the time being we are prioritizing genotyping samples from dogs that will be the most productive in addressing our research goals. There are not specific criteria that must be met, but rather we are looking for dogs with a range of temperaments so we can identify what might be behind that variation.
We know many participants want to know about their dogs ancestry - and I continue to try to be clear that we cannot promise to provide this information to every dog that is enrolled. But I also to think we have an obligation to do what we can to provide all of our contributing participants with some of the information they want most if it is practical for us to do so. To that end we will do our best to provide this information for all dogs whose DNA we analyze. But certainly if anyone wants quick and guaranteed answers about their dogs ancestry, we are really the wrong place to go (there are paid services out there that claim to do just this).
That said we also do continue to apply for grant funding and we are planning how we might also open up to taking donations to propel this project forward. I hope that in the near future (next few years perhaps) that we may be able to get all of the DNA samples we collect analyzed. This is still just an optimistic hope, but I don't think it's an entirely unrealistic one.
My dog had dna test from Wisdom Panel. Would her results help your research?
That would be interesting to compare the two, but right now it would be quite complicated to systematically use participant previous tests. We will certainly keep it in mind since many people have used other test.
I registered all my dogs (5) and have done the DNA kits for the first 4. JUst got the kit for my fifth dog today and will do it later...he's eating right now, LMAO. Anyway, is there anyway to tell if any of my dogs are in the 100 or 500 lots sent for testing?
Either way, I think this is fascinating...I sent all my animals DNA because they all have a common household, so their behavior is more likely genetic than environmental, as far as I understand. I hope my babies will be able to help you toward your goal.
We checked and none of your dogs were in the first 500 samples. If they were we would not be able to tell you anything as it is still in raw data format and we still have a lot of work to do with it. The good news is I do see all of your other 4 dogs are all set and we are so excited to get this research going! Thank you for your participation and support, it will be quite interesting to see the differences between your dogs!
I finished my survey months ago & have not heard back from you regarding when I will receive the DNA TEST.
Can you let me know if I am on the list to receive one? I have heard nothing & I watch my mail daily for something to arrive.
Gretchen Austin email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Puppy: Layla username: Lahylapup
Thanks Brittney, glad to hear that they are there. I've got my fifth, Oscar in the mail today. I did notice there was no measuring tape...is that a change or because he's a large dog?
Good luck with the testing and I am excited to see what you come up with. I'd love to know some reasons for my furkids behavior. Maybe we'll finally find out why Taco the Chihuahua sleeps with his butt in the air, LOL. Seriously, I know that's not possible, but I do look forward to seeing what you come up with regarding their behavior.
Marta, that is wonderful! I'm glad you were able to complete kits for all of your dogs. As for the measuring, yes we did change it. We no longer need measurements, and have changed the consent form to hopefully make it a little easier for everyone.
I looked up your information and it seems as though you enrolled in late August. In order for us to mail you a DNA kit you need to validate your address, which is the reason why you have not been mailed a kit yet. In order to do so you will see an "update" button on your profile. Please click that and at the bottom of your profile is the area to update your mailing address. Once you have done so we can mail you a kit! We are working hard to send out kits now and if your address is validated, I would expect for your to receive yours in the next coming weeks.
Hello. I mailed out one of my dog's DNA sample on 10/18, so I hope it was added to your research! My page says another kit was sent to my another dog, but I have not received the kit yet. I hope it didn't get lost...
Dog's Name: Hana Kit Sent: 31001602031504
Hi- I submitted Sophie's DNA weeks ago. What is your estimate for hearing results from it?
Hi Elizabeth, we do indeed have Sophie's information! As for hearing back about results we cannot yet put a time on it. Research takes a lot of patience and we appreciate yours. We still need to run many many more samples on the genotyping chip and then complete computational work on the raw data in order to figure out what it all means. I wish I could give you and estimate for the results, but at this stage we cannot. I would definitely recommend checking in on our sight each month to see our newsletters and forum updates for any new. We certainly will keep our participants informed of changes and new stages of the research.
Thank you for your participation!
Hi Hazuki, your kit is in the mail for Hana! I would expect for you to receive it this week. Our mail room is a bit overwhelmed with all the kits we give to them on a daily basis, so I apologize if it does take a few days. As for your other dog DNA kit that was mailed back to us, I will do some more digging for it in our database. It very well could still be in the mail, but if for some reason we do not have it soon, I will let you know! I have made a note of it and will be on the look out for your dog. Thank you!
Hazuki, I just went through the kits we received in the mail and Momo's kit was there. We have all of her information now!
Thank you so much for checking Momo's sample and following up on Hana's kit, Brittney! I know research takes time, so I will patiently wait to hear about the results. My dogs and I are excited to be a part of this research!
HI Brittany.... ReF: 10-24-2016 & 10-25-2016
Per your instructions : I have Validated my address, plus I also pressed the UPDATE Button on my profile & then updated my mailing address...
So we should be all set to receive the DNA KIT? Is this correct? I have done this procedure twice before so it should be validated & updated etc.
Thanks and please let me know
-Gretchen USER NAME: Lahylapup
Gretchen, where you typed in your mailing address did a drop down list come up? If so you must chose the correct format that appears in the list in order for us to mail it to you. Your profile is still coming up as no address validated. Im sorry for the complications. If you could please try one more time and pick the address from the drop down box to update it that would be great. Let me know when you have done so and I can check your information. If for some reason it still is not working, we may have to look into it further. Thank you!
Good morning Brittney, Okay I did as you instructed on you message of 10-27-2016.....I must apologize as I was missing that step prior to updating my info. Kindly check & make sure that all is done correctly & please let me know if I will be receiving the DNA-Kit soon. Thank you, Layla & Gretchen (Username: Lahylapup)
Hi Gretchen, you are all set now to receive a kit! I'm glad it worked and that there were no complications. There will still be a bit of a wait for the kit as there are other participants ahead of you. No worries though, you will definitely receive one most likely in the next month or so. We are working hard to get as many out as we can and quickly. Let me know if you have any more questions, and thank you for your support and participation! :)
I received my saliva kit yesterday for my dog, Nellie Noel. I have not been able to access the video on line for directions. I get a message saying that the web page can not be found. Any suggestions of where else/ how else I can get the information? I think that this project is super important and very interesting - thank you for all of the effort that the team is putting into its' success.
Hi Tara, thank you for letting us know. We will look into it now. Could you please try one more time just to see if the same message comes up? Here is the link http://darwinsdogs.org/kit.php
We did notice that in the new information sheets that come with the DNA kits that the .org in the link is missing. This could be the problem. So sorry for the complications, I hope it works for you now!
Hello! Could you please tell me if I am on the list to receive a kit? I finished all of the survey's and I believe I got my address verified. Thank you!
Hi Melissa, are you indeed all set to receive a kit. We are working hard to send out the kits yo eligible participants. I would expect for you to receive yours in the next coming weeks!
Maggie got her DNA kit in the mail today. Thanks so much for including us in this project. I understand that it takes time, and there is certainly no rush. I just wanted to thank you guys for doing this research, and for caring about furthering the science of dogs. We definitely don't deserve dogs! :)
Hi Maggie, Im glad you received your kit! Thank you for taking part in this study! We certainly do need to treasure every day we have with these wonderful creatures, they are one of a kind!
We really want to do the DNA kit, but our house is new and therefore address won't verify it in your system. Can anyone help?
Jamie, no problem at all. The address validation helps automate a vast majority of the addresses, but there are some exceptions we can work with manually. This does happen with new developments as they are not yet in google maps (which is what we validate against).
Please email me at email@example.com with your full mailing address and I will enter it for you.
I can't find directions in my kit for collecting the sample. How long and where in the mouth should i insert the swab?
Hi Evelyn, sorry for the confusion. In the informational sheet that comes in the DNA kit, there is a link to view how to collect the saliva sample. We unfortunately do have a typo in this link and that may be why some people are having a hard time viewing it. Here is the correct link to view how to collect the sample. Have fun and thank you for your participation!
I was wondering if you received my pups kit back. Her name is samantha.
Sarah, thanks for returning Samantha's kit. It came in last Thursday. Bandits and Sparks should be on the way to you soon.
Also, very soon we will have some information on the "Personalized Feedback" section of the survey site that will give some tracking information on your dogs' kits. For now this will be whether they've been sent out, and when they've been received back here. But as we've just put together a nice mostly-automated approach to handle this, anyone whose kit was received before last week will only be able to show that it was received "on or before" early November. Going forward all kits will get precise time-stamps for their time of arrival here.
Hi, I completed my survey yesterday. Will I automatically receive a DNA kit? Thanks!!
I've had some trouble validating my address too. It is correct, but I got a message saying it wasn't. My rural county in Virginia hasn't been mapped online (it costs $$ and the county has none), but the address is correct. I will try and see if I get the drop down box, which didn't happen last time. I gather from reading these postings that the kit-sending out process is way behind, but if someone could verify that I'm in line for them, I'd appreciate it. I'm particularly interested in finding out what's in my "puduhound" Trey.
I was also interested in Janet's query, which was at the top when I opened this page. Addie the Norfolk Terrier was recently diagnosed with liver problems, either microvascular shunt or copper storage disease. Since there is no treatment for either except "supportive" diet and supplements, my household did not spring for a biopsy. We had already spent over $500 on various other tests
I have another dog to enter, but I'm not going to do it until I'm sure everything is straightened out for the two I have already entered! And we are about to add another Norfolk Terrier to our household, but we'll have to get to know him before we can answer questionnaires.
Lindsey, you're all set to recieve a kit and it is "automatic" but it may not always be fast. We've drastically improved our delivery rate, but we still have a bit to go. Most new members are being sent their kit within a month or so of completing the surveys and validating their address.
Hazel, I see you did validate a mailing address starting with street number 6141. I'm not sure what message you could get saying it is not correct. When you enter your address and "validate" you should just be given a list of options in a drop down menu. If your address is not in that list, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. There certainly are some addresses that are missed, mostly just when they are not yet on google maps. We can manually confirm those addresses as neeeded - but please do not confirm an address if it is not correct.
I've been reading over the other comments and I guess I was unaware that not every dog was going to be genotyped even if they completed the surveys and received a kit. I was wondering if there was any way to tell if our individual dogs were 'prioritized' to receive genotyping or not?
I received a DNA kit for my first dog, Breeze, but there were no instructions under the flap. I know I have to swab her cheek, but I don't know when or how to do that. Please send me instructions.
Hi Judith, sorry that there was no information sheet in your kit. Here is a link to view a video on how to swab your dogs mouth. http://darwinsdogs.org/kit.php
Hi Sarah, as of right now we are not sure which dogs will be the first to be genotyped as it is based on scientific needs and funding. We hope in the near future to be able to tell which dogs meet our needs, but it is a bit early right now. In the long run though, we do want to genotype all of the sample that have come into our lab.
I have checked your information and you are all set to receive the DNA kits! We will now have to assign both of your dogs kits and they will be mailed out to you. There is nothing else you need to do on our site in order to receive the kits. Please know that we do like to stagger the kits when we send them out, in order to avoid using a specific kit on the wrong dog. Thank you for your participation!
we did the survey for our 3 dogs and have received only 2 of the dna kits. will the one for Piper be coming soon?
I think this is a great idea and we are happy to help in your research :)
Hi Noreen, yes Piper has been assigned a DNA kit now and it should be coming in the mail soon. Thank you for your participation!
Hello, This is no rush. I believe that I filled out all the surveys for all 3 of my dogs and think I validated my address. I only did this a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to make sure all was in order to receive my DNA kits when they were shipped out. Thank you.
Hi Jeffrey, all of your dogs are all set to receive their kits! We do like to stagger them when we send them out though to ensure that you use to correctly assigned kits for each dog. I expect that you will be receiving your first kit soon! Thank you for your participation!
hello! So happy and exited to be part of this research study! How long does it usually take to receive the DNA kit?
Hi Adriana, we can send participants a DNA kit as soon as they become eligible. To do so all behavioral surveys must be completed AND the mailing address must be validated. I have check your information and it seems that all you need to do is to validate your mailing address in your profile. We need the address to be validated in order to make sure that the address is in the correct format when we print it out onto the DNA kit. Once you have done so you can expect the kit to come in the mail in about a week! If a family does have more than one dog though, we do like to stagger sending out the kits in order to avoid swapping the assigned kits. Great question, and thank you for your participation!
There are multiple queries on why people don't have their DNA kit. Any plans to get the backlog caught up?
Hi Randy, we actually are all caught up on sending out kits. The posts that we have seen on these forums are from participants whom have not received a kit is because they are not yet eligible. In order to become eligible participant must complete all surveys and confirm their mailing address. Every day we go through the database to send out eligible kits. For the past month we have actually been so caught up, that we are assigning kits to participants that have become eligible that day. I have checked you information, and see that you are now eligible to receive a kit as well. Thank you for your participation and we will assign you a kit ASAP. It will be in the mail this week.
I was inquiring about how long it takes for the DNA to be completed - specifically for Miss Stella Grace Also, just wanted to ensure that I didn't miss anything for Miss Emma Rose. It looks like she was assigned a kit but we haven't received it yet.
Thank you for the opportunity to be part of your research. With Stella's behavior "challenges" I hope knowing her DNA will bring to light some of our challenges we face with her "uniqueness" : )
Thank you for all of your hard work!
Hi Teresa, we have received Stella Grace DNA kit and the other two are most likely in the mail right now. When there are multiple dogs in a family we like to stagger sending out the kits in order to avoid mix ups. Each kit is assigned to an individual dog and we want to make it is as easy as possible for our participants to take a DNA sample for each dog. I can assure you that your other two kits are ready to go in the mail. You will be receiving one soon, then there after the next one will be coming along! We thank you for your participation in this study!
As for the DNA results, I unfortunitley cannot give you a timeline for when that will be ready. This research is still very young and we are still in the collecting stage. Science takes time and can be quite unpredictable. When results are in fact ready, we will be posting your dogs results to your Darwin's Dogs profile! In order to stay informed and up to date with what is going on with this research, follow our social media pages (located at the bottom right of this page) and check out our monthly news letter! When we are ready for the next stage of this research we will certainly inform participants every way that we can.
Hi! I just received my DNA kit for my dog and watched the video to do it. On the off chance that the sample wasn't good enough would be able to let me know?
Thank you Bethany Kallatch
Hi Bethany, the most common and really the only reason a sample may not be good enough is if the blue solution is completely poured out of the tube. This solution you see in the tube is to keep the DNA intact, and if it is no longer there, then the sample will not be sufficient. We are still collecting samples from participants and have come across a couple of samples given to us in this state. We have set them all aside and will be contacting participants to let them know.
Thank you Brittney for your response - I completed the surveys a few months ago. Didn't realized I hadn't validated my address! :) I believe i just verified it Thanks again! Happy Holidays!
Just received Kane's DNA kit -- what a wonderful Christmas present. Coming back your way as soon at the post office reopens! Happy Holidays.
Hi - I filled out my surveys/profiles and validated my adress in April but still haven't received my DNA kits. I was told they would be sent out earlier in the year. I just went in and re-validated my address again - can you double check I'm all squared away? Thanks!
Hi Ashley, we apologize for the wait. I have checked your information and you are now all set to receive both DNA kits! Please note that we will be sending out the kits separately for your dogs in order to avoid mixing them up. When you are assigned a barcode (see in your dogs profile under personalized feedback) that means that your DNA kit is on its way! Thank you for your participation and patience!
I completed all the surveys a few weeks ago and haven't received the DNA kit yet. Do you know when I should be expecting it?
Sorry for the wait, but you are indeed all set to receive your DNA kit! I would expect for you to receive it within the next coming weeks. You can check your dogs profile under personalized feedback and if you see that your dog has been assigned a bar code number, that means your kit is on the way!
Hello Darwin team, I'm wondering what might be a ballpark timeframe on when we can check for results from submitted samples? I understand it's difficult to pinpoint but I'm just curious whether it's reasonable to check back in 6 months or 9-12 months is more realistic, etc.
Thanks for the interesting work you guys are doing!
I've just completed the last survey questionnaire on Shadow and assume you will be sending me the DNA kit. But there is nothing to indicate that a kit will be sent. You should add an automatic message after all surveys are completed that the DNA kit is being mailed.
Wen, you are correct in saying that it is hard to pinpoint a time for when results will be available. Right now we are working on our methods of assessment, as genotyping has now shown us that it is not meeting our standards.Yes, the genetic assessment will take much longer, and that is what we cannot put a timeline on. I wish we could, but the genetic component of research calls for a lot of work and various assessments. We want be to able to give back to you as much as we can. With that said, there is also no true end point to this study. We are constantly working to give you more feedback about the behavior surveys, as we are coming out with new ones each month. We would love for you to keep checking into your dogs profile to see the new surveys, and check on the status of your sample (located under personalized feedback). I know you are looking for a specific time of when the results will be release, but the honest answer is that we just cannot say as things are always changing. We appreciate your patience and hope that you will stay involved by completing our surveys that are always coming out. By doing this, we will have more behaviors to hopefully find correlations to when the genetic information is ready.
Bruce and Joy, thank you for your feedback. We will certainly look into what we can do to notify participants when all surveys are completed. I do want to mention that we do have somewhat of a way to know if the kit is being mailed to you. In your dog's profile, under personalized feedback, we have the status of your kit. Once you are done with the surveys, you are then assigned a DNA kit barcode number. If this number is present that means that it is on its way to you!
I also want to let you know that I check your information, and see that your address has been validated, but there is no specific address. There is only a city, state and zip code. We are not sure how our page allowed for this to be validated, but if you could please try again and enter in an address that would be great! If problems arise and you cannot enter a valid mailing address please email email@example.com for assistance.
Hello, I got my kit for Trey the "Puduhound" forever ago (like, before Christmas) and sent sample back expediently. I have never gotten a kit for Norfolk Terrier Addie, for whom I completed the survey at the same time. That backlog must be REALLY bad, but I want to make sure the kit wasn't lost in transit.
Hazel, I have to apologize, this is our fault. I looked into the kits that we have here in our office, which are labeled as addressed that are not valid, and Addie's kit was there for some reason. Your address is indeed valid, and potentially by accident it was placed in this pile. Again I am very sorry for the wait and the kit is going in the mail now! Thank you for letting us know about your concerns, and I am glad it is not loss in the mail somewhere.
OK, great.... once I get Addie done, I will put in info for my household's third dog, Bear. And we have a new dog (total now 4) but he is not warming up to us very fast, so I'm not going to enter his info until we get to know him better!
I'm looking forward to seeing results for Trey (some day)--she is such an interesting little dog.
I sent in the DNA for two of my dogs, Monkey and Paige. Do you know how long it will take to receive the results? The kit for my third dog, King, was just sent in this morning because Monkey ate the return box for King's kit. :-)
Hi Shireen, I hope Monkey is okay, I'm glad he didn't eat the sample! As for the results, this will take some time as we are still in the early stage of this research. Please visit the forum threads below to see more information about receiving the results. Thank you for your participation.
Any news on whether you'll ship the kits internationally?
Hi Georgina, it is a goal of ours to send the kits out internationally. Unfortunately, there are still a few hurdles in our way dealing with the US mail carrier we use as well as the over all expenses to send kits overseas. We will certainly notify participants when we are able to send our kits out internationally! We thank you for participating in the behavioral aspect of this study, and be on the look out for new surveys which we try to put out each month!
Hello! I am just checking that I have done everything needed
Hi Kelley, I have checked your information and your have validated your address, but you will need to complete all behaviors surveys for both of your dogs. There are 15 surveys per dog, each focusing on a different topic. If you could please complete all of them, then we will be able to send you kits for your dogs. Thank you.
Hi, I have completed all of the surveys and have checked my address some time ago and am told I'm in the queue to receive a kit. Any idea when I can expect to received them for my two dogs?
Hi Joanne, yes you are indeed ready to receive the DNA kits. Please know that when sent to a family with more than one dog, we like to stagger, so you will receive one kit then shortly after then next.
As for right now, we are currently extremely low on kits here at UMASS. We order 5,000 at a time from the company that makes them, and right now we have run low. We are ordering more and will be able to send them out to participants that have been waiting! We apologize for the wait, but it is that time again where supplies run low. We will be posting here on the forums and our social media when our next big shipment of kits comes in. Once they arrive we will be sending them out ASAP!
Thank you for your patience and participation!
I did also just notice that you live in Canada. Unfortunately, we are not yet able to send kits internationally. We hope that once we work out the kinks with the mailing services we will be able too! Thank you for filling out both surveys though, your dogs are certainly still part of this study, and you will remain on our list to receive DNA kits when we can do so internationally. Sorry for the inconvenience.
I will leave my previous post up on this form so other participants can see our current status with the DNA kits.
I have also completed the survey and verified my mailing address on the profile. Can you please check to see if my kit has been, or will be mailed soon? The two dogs are Dylan (Golden Retriever) and Rialto (Mixed breed - possibly German Shepherd and Golden Retriever)
I hope we will be receiving it soon. I am especially looking forward to finding out the DNA of Rialto, as he is a very interesting personality and look. Please let me know if it is in the works, or if there is something else I need to do to have it sent.
Hi - I registered at the Somerville Dog Festival about a year ago, but I have never received a DNA kit. Please let me know if there is anything I have to do. Thanks!
Charmaine, your are all set to receive both DNA kits! Right now we are low on kits as we are waiting for our next large shipment to come in. We can order about 5,000 kits per order. We certainly did not expect so many participants to enroll in this project, but it is certainly a good thing!
Laurie, you too are all set to receive kits we are just waiting for our delivery. We hope to see you there again this year!
Just following up on when the DNA kit will be sent out to us.
Hi Keith, you will first need to validate your mailing address and you will then become eligible to receive a kit!
How can I make sure my address is validated and that I am ready to receive a DNA kit?
Completed the tests awhile ago and was told we were eligible to receive the kit, came back today and there were 3 more tests (which I've now completed). Is there a way to find out where in the queue we are to get a kit?
Jenny if you have updated your profile and clicked on validate address you should be all set. I have check your profile and you are indeed eligible to receive a kit.
Hi Nicki, we are a bit backed up right now as we are low on out DNA kit supplies. We are waiting for our next big shipment to come in so we can get them out to participants! With that said, there is a waiting list depending upon when you consented and if you are eligible (finished surveys and validated address). So that is why it is taking a while to receive the DNA kit. We do deeply apologize for the wait, but we appreciate your patience and participation!
As for the surveys, you become eligible once you have competed 10 surveys. When new surveys come out, you will not lose eligibility, but by completely all surveys including new allergy surveys, we will prioritize you.
Hi I joined in April 2016 and completed all the surveys. The address I submitted, which is my mailing address, gets changed by your validation process into an address that may not be deliverable. How do I get a DNA kit?
Thomas, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your correct address. For others who find this, please do not confirm an address if it is incorrect. Once you confim your address we may send a kit out - the whole point of validating addresses is so we don't end up wasting kits sending them to addresses where they cannot be delivered.
Sometimes the validation does not work - that's ok. Right under the address box are instructions to email me if the address validation doesn't work.
Is there a way to find out when we will get the DNA kit? We signed up 6+ months ago. Thank you!
Desirae, you are eligible to receive a kit. If you could please refer to the post above which I wrote to Nicki, that should answer your question about the kits.
I really hope my Peanut will make the cut for a DNA kit. We had originally bought Peaches and Peanut to breed, but Peanut started having seizures at about 7 months, shortly after a Panacur treatment. Will I be able to tell whether the seizures are genetic or an allergic reaction to Panacur? Thanks for your help!
Susan, we'd be happy to include your dogs in our sampling. I see you've filled out 5 of the surveys for each of your dogs. Or current cutoff to be automatically elligible to be sent a sampling kit is the completion of 10 surveys for a given dog.
But once we get a sample kit out to you it can take quite a while before we have the DNA results. If and when we do process your dog's DNA we will definitely share the results with you - but I need to emphasize both the "if" and the "when" in that sentence.
Lastly, assuming we can get you the genotype data for Peanut, we will not make any medical recommendations nor diagnoses. If you have a vet who is able to work with genotyping data to check for any predispositions to seizure disorders you can certainly share your results with them and work with them to personalize interventions for your pups. I don't know how relevant your dog's genotypes would be, however, for addressing your question of whether Peanut's seizures could be a reaction to Panacur.
I'm not aware of any seziure-related side-effects of Panacur (but big note, I'm definitely not a veterinarian). There are some breeds, including Border Collies, that can have a sensitivity to Ivermectin which is a common heart worm medication - but this is a different medication than the Panacur intestinal dewormer.
Just a curiosity question about the "if" to processing a DNA sample. What are the parameters of a sample that lead to processing? Is it random luck of the draw or is your lab systematically going thru samples as grants and funds are available? Really just keeping my fingers crossed that Roadie's sample lands in the processed DNA pile. I've learned some things about his DNA make-up but definitely excited about the idea of learning more. Thanks for your help.
Hi Amy, great question!
Our process of picking samples to be run in batches is both systematic and random. We do have grants funding specifics such as food allergies, obesity etc. (One reason why we always have new surveys coming out each month!) With that said, we do also need controls for these specific topics, so we need dogs that are on each end of the continuum - dogs that have no food allergies to dogs that have severe allergies.
It can be random depending upon what we are looking for and have the space for. Say we are sending out a batch of 500 samples to be run. If we have 400 samples meeting specific criteria we are interested in, then we would pick 100 random samples to fill the other spaces. So it is both systematic and random depending upon what we are doing with each batch.
Then of course there is the big picture of this study... behavior traits! If there is a dog that we find has an interesting behavior and genetic make up then we certainly want to run that dog.
I recognize Roadie, as he was Dog of the Month! I am happy to tell you the that Dogs of the Month are prioritized to be sent out for processing. Dog of the month is also a bit random in that we go through the applicants and chose, but the owner has to provide a picture and tell us about the dogs quirks.
Hey! I sent Louie's DNA kit back last august. I just checked the status and it says not genotyped does this mean his data has no been analyzed yet? I understand you guys are incredibly inundated with kits and research as a smaller team but was curious is there's any hope in an estimated data retrieval. Thanks for everything you do! You guys do a great job ❤️
Hi Nicole! Yes, your statues in correct we have not yet genotyped his sample. We are just as eager to assess the results, but with this research we want to make sure that we are giving you as much valuable behavioral and genetic data as possible. This means we are reveiwing our methods going above and beyond trying out new advanced methods. Currently we are only sending out batches of about 500 samples to be assess and with thousands of participants, it certainly takes time. We do have a very small team, and we appreciate your patience with us!
Hi, I'm another of those waiting for a kit. I got my two house dogs, Addie and Trey, entered and "kitted" back last year. I then did the survey for Bear, my household's watchdog... I don't remember exact time frame, but it was months ago. What's the kit-mailing status now?
Hi Hazel, we have Addie and Trey's samples. As for Bear he became enrolled in February of this year. We are still backlogged with the kits as we are transferring our shipments to a new location, the Broad Institute where we also work. We are still waiting for that large shipment to arrive there. We apologize for the wait, but are so grateful for your participation and patience! We certainly were not expecting to have over 13,000 dogs enrolled! :)
I filled out the surveys for my dog and submitted my information for a kit. Do I need to do anything else to receive it? How long is the estimated time before receiving a kit? I'm just looking for a ballpark figure? Is it closer to 3 weeks, 3 months or a year? I can't tell based on other responses.
Augie is in the queue for a kit. Once in the queue, the primary factors impacting when a kit is sent our all at our end relating to supplies. We are still at the stage where we invest cautiously in kit supplies as research funds are limited, and each kit has supply costs, production costs, and postage expenses. So the answer to this question in constantly changing - but in this instance your timing is good as we just received a large resupply of kits. The first of these will go to dogs that have been eligible for a good bit longer than Augie, but there are sufficient kits in this resupply to get to Augie as well - so Augie's kit will be on it's way as soon as we make the way through mailing out to the current waiting list, likely within the next month or so when we should be caught up on mailing to eligible participants.
Just need to confirm that I'm on the list to receive a DNA kit. I verified my address and completed all the requirements in May 2017. Can you please update me with the status. Thank you.
Hi Karen, you are indeed all set to receive a DNA kit! Please know that we are a bit backlogged right now so it still may take a few more weeks. We did just receive our large shipment of kits, but there is a waiting list which is determined by when the participant enrolled and if/when they became eligible. We thank you so much for your participation and patience!
Hi again, in May you said I was in the queue to get my DNA kits for Dylan and Rialto. In a recent message to someone else, you said you have received kits and there is a waiting list. Will I be getting one of these kits from this shipment? I'm so looking forward to finding out what kind or kinds of dog(s) Rialto is. Very much hoping we will receive one soon.
Hi Charmaine, we just received the shipment yesterday, August 1st! :)
Ok I hope that means it's in the mail on the way to us! :) I'm excited to find out the type of dog(s) Rialto is, and more about the heritage of my Dylan.
Hi, I have verified my address both through this forum and through the original request page. Am I still on the list. I have also done all the surveys. Rod Rushton Colby
Hello- in 2016 I returned two DNA kits, one for "Tucker", another for "Riley". Is there any reason I may be optimistic regarding receipt of results for either? Tucker turns 15 next month, and I'd like to celebrate his genetic makeup with him while he's still with us. Many thanks....
Hi Michael, a very happy early birthday to Tucker! :D
Many people have asked the question of when will they receive their dogs results. If you check out the forum, https://darwinsdogs.org/?pg=forum&thread=54#p511 you will find your answer there. I do agree that it has been awhile since we received you samples, but this is research and we are trying new cutting edge techniques and methods. There is a lot to get through before we are ready to have enough meaningful data for you. We apologize for the long wait, but do so deeply appreciate your participation and patience in our research!
Rod, I have checked your information and unfortunately your address it is still not validated, which means we cannot send out a kit to you. Please check out our FAQ and follow the steps to validate your address. Also, if you scroll all the way to the top of this forum, Jesse briefly explains where to go in order to validate the address. Thank you!
Hi! I don't want to be pushy as I know you guys are so busy doing great work. Just wanted to chime in and see if I'm in the queue to receive the DNA kits. I verified my mailing address several months ago. Thank you! Very happy to be a part of this.
Hi Erica, you are indeed in the queue and all three of your dogs are all set to receive their kits! As mentioned before, we are a bit backed up as we were waiting for our shipment of kits to arrive. Luckily they arrived on August 1st and we are working our way through the list of eligable participants to send out their kits! You can expect yours in the next few weeks. Thank you for your participation and patience!
Just got my kit, about to send it back. I just wanted to tell you guys to keep up the good work! As a research scientist myself, I understand that the process takes a long time and does not guarantee results. It seems like a lot of people are frustrated about that which is a bummer. I hope you get some interesting (dare I say significant?!?) data. Good luck!
That is great Katie! Thank you for your support and participation!
I am so excited that I have received kits for both my dogs! They arrived a couple of days apart, so I didn't know if only one dog was chosen, but I received the second kit today and have just taken samples from my dogs. Very exciting! Thank you for doing this work.
That is great that your kits came in!
To clarify, there is no rhyme or reason for one dogs kit arriving first. We send out the kits staggered in order to make the collection easier and more straight forward. When a kit arrives, you will see one of your dog's name on it, meaning that kit is assigned to that dog. It is crucial to collect saliva using the swab that is assigned to each specific dog. We have had mix ups, and unfortunately samples that have been swapped must be de-prioritized, since there is too much uncertainty.
So, the labeling on the kit is important! Make sure to use the kit that is assigned to each specific dog! :)
Under this forum I read a reply from Janet about her Pembroke involving Wilson's disease. I have a rescue "Henri" for 5 years now. We have no idea about his age. Expect between 10 and 12. I have had his DNA results from Mars Wisdom Panel. He is more or less 3/4 Cairn Terrier and 1/4 West Highland Terrier. He has an enlarged liver with very high enzymes. We have had a sonogram that shows the enlarged liver but no masses in the liver or the adrenals. A certain urinalysis (don't know name of it) and a bile acid test has mostly ruled out Cushings. Doing a natural liver detox with herbs, milk thistle etc has helped lower the enzymes somewhat. I have asked about the copper accumulation and have been advised that it would take a biopsy to find out. The West Highland Terrier makes me think it is a possible. This breed and bedlington's are tops on the list for this being genetic. All of this said, I am very reluctant to have a biopsy. His symptoms are what I call a budda belly, a dark belly pigment instead of pink (he is Wheaton in color), and panting. He eats a home cooked diet. His snacks are fresh raw fruit and vegetables. My husband sneaks in the bad stuff! I have eliminated foods that are high in copper such as beef liver as the blood meat in my dog food recipe. I would love to find out how Janet and her pup or doing and if she has found out anything about his liver. And is there an identified single gene tied to wilson's?
"Hi! I completed "our" profiles a few weeks ago -- will the DNA test kits be mailed to me soon or do I have to do something to get them sent? My 4.5yold Pembroke is having elevated liver enzymes and they are wanting to put him through a liver biopsy. Ugh. I'm also wondering if there is an identified gene for hepatic microvascular dysplasia... or copper accumulation (Wilson's disease).. thanks for your help. janet"
Hi - I completed the surveys some time ago and my address is verified. I understand that you have been overwhelmed with the volume of kits needed. Just wondered if we were on the list.Thank You!!! Sue and Luca
Sandy, the primary malfunction of Wilson's disease has been mapped to a single gene for a copper transporting protein in humans. While I don't know much about the condition in dogs, I believe it is the same general malfunction that causes Wilson's in dogs, however I know of at least one publication claiming a distinct copper metabolism gene was the cause in one lineage of Bedlington terriers. I beleive Wilson's is defined by the end result of copper accumulation, though there are - in theory - many distruptions to normal physiology that could lead to that accumulation. In humans there is a single well known genetic variant that leads to that result, but there may be different disruptions to copper metabolism in dogs leading to the same end result with different breeds or lineages possibly even having different disruptions.
As for sample, Sandy, I'm a bit confused. I see you're dogs have been enrolled for quite some time. We've sent kits to each of them and received them back already. We don't currenly have results for their DNA analysis, but we have their DNA samples here.
Sue, you are certainly on the list and your kit should be on the way soon. We have a pretty good supply of kits on hand now that we are mailing out and we were caught up and getting kits out pretty quickly as dogs became eligble. However we recently had a burst of long-time members who had either not yet completed the surveys or had not yet validated their address all come back and become eligble. As we do generally try to provide kits to eligble dogs based on their enrollment date, many of the these returning members are at the top of the queue. We do have more than ample kits on hand to send one to everyone currently eligble, and the only hurdle now is how many labels we ("we" pretty much means Brittney) can realistically print and stick per day (while keeping up with all her other work).
Hello, I am interested in getting a DNA Kit for my dog. I believe she is pitbull mix. She has a skin issues that seem to be caused by food allergies, which we seem to have a hold of. Will the DNA kit tell me what her different breeds are? If so, what is the process in obtaining one? thank you!
In order to become eligible to receive a DNA kit we ask that you please fill out the behavior surveys on your dogs profile. I hope your dog is doing okay with the food allergy. We actually have a survey that gets at that topic and have grant money to focus in on food allergy issues. Please make sure to fill that one out! Once you have completed the surveys, we can mail you a kit! :)
As for the breed mix, we will be able to tell you ancestry. We are not specifically looking into what mix your dog is but rather trying to find correlations between behavior and genetics.
Have fun with the surveys and please let us know if you have any further questions. Thank you!
I just completed 11 surveys, please send a DNA kit, thank you!
Hi, I had filled out all the surveys on my dog Izzy, don’t know what to do next.Can you check if I’m in your system and let me know if I will be sent out a kit and when ? Thank you, Mary & Izzy
Hi Mary, you are all set to receive a DNA kit. Once you had finished the all the surveys and entered in you mailing address, you automatically go into our queue to receive a kit. I see that you are a new participants, so it may take some time to receive the kits since we do have a waiting list and are a bit backlogged. Thank you for your support and participation!
I just did a all the surveys and as wondering if I was approved and if I will be receiving a kit for my Pheobe I'm curious to find out what all she has in her cause we got her from an elderly man who's yard was a junk yard when she was 2 months old so we aren't sure what all she is.
Hi Kristen, she is all set to receive the DNA kit! We do ask for your patience though especially if you are a new participant as we are a bit backlogged sending out kits.
I registered my dog (Strider, Yellow lab mix) with Darwin's Dogs in the summer of 2017. I am done taking all the surveys. I was wondering when I can expect a kit.
If you go to your dog's profile and click on the link Personalized Feedback you will see a long barcode number starting with 3100........ This means that a kit has been prepared for you and will arrive soon! :)
I submitted my dog's DNA kit over a year ago and have heard nothing from Darwin's Dogs. Can you help me ... ?
Hi David, we received your dogs DNA sample! To keep updated on the status of the sample, you can check out your dog's profile and click on Personalized Feedback" which will show you where the sample is currently located.
Hello I signed up 2 years ago and my kit was received in November of 2016 and still no results. I completed every survey as well. At this point, I'm guessing results will not be shared??
I filled out my surveys weeks ago. When will I receive the DNA kit for my dogs? Thanks.
I attended the SFSPCA symposia on shelter dogs today and met Dr. Lord. She indicates that I can still register my dog for the project. When I try to create an account, I was told one already existed. How do I find out if one actually exists ? I am quite sure if I registered long ago I never did receive the DNA kit. Just to be sure It would be great if I can check to see if I already registered, received the kit, or sent in the DNA. I had no recollection of any previous participation. Thank you
Hi Julienlani, that is great that you were able to meet Dr.Lord! I have check your information and yes you enrolled back in April of 2016. I see your profile is now complete and you are able to receive two DNA kits. They should arrive in the next few weeks. Thank you for your participation in our research!
Sally and Renee, results will take quite sometime as this is new research, trying to correlate behavior and genetics. Once we have results or any information about your dog, we will absolutly share this data with you on your Darwin's Dogs profile or via the email you have registered with us.
As for the kits, as you may have seen in previous posts and forums, it depends if and when you enrolled and became eligible (filling out at least 10 surveys and have a mailing address). With such large interest in our research, which is wonderful, we are trying to catch up with mailing kits out. We are a small lab trying tog et thousands of kits out to eligible participants.
I completed a profile back around January, and completed all the survey's for my three dogs. I just wondering what the timeframe might be for the DNA kits.
I have check your information and see that you enrolled in March. There is quite a waiting list as we are still trying to get kits out to eligible participants that have been waiting longer. We are doing our best to get them out, but we are a small lab handling thousands of kits. We are really trying to do a push to get them out! It is hard to give en estimated timeline right now but at least a few months.
Once a kit is ready to be mailed out to you, you will see under the "personalized feedback" tab a barcode that start with 3100.... This is the kits that is assigned to your dog and is on the way!
Just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone on the team. I just joined and completed the surveys for both my dogs, Tyche and Pullo. I know it will be a long time before I get the kits, and a long time before you're able to process them, and an even longer time before any research is published, but I think this is a fantastic project and am thrilled that my dogs are part of it. Looking forward to the next step! Thanks!