DNA Sample Collection
A breed associated presentation of Polymyositis is veterinarily acknowledged It follows that there must be an inheritable component to the illness.
The aim of the DNA Collection project is to develop a screening test to reveal whether an individual is affected or has the potential to “carry forward” an expression of the disease – see this Kennel Club Guide
To discover the markers for the disease the DNA of affected vizslas (and their close relatives) must be compared with that of unaffected families. The help of all vizsla owners is needed.
Please visit the website of Clare Rusbridge (BVMS, PhD, DipECVN, MRCVS)
With the collaboration of the Centre for Genomic Medical Research (CIGMR) there is a scheme to collect, store and analyse the DNA of affected families and their closest relatives – sires, dams, offspring and siblings.
February 2013 – the research is making progress! Please visit the genetics page for further information. More samples are needed to build on the great progress that has already been made. It is very exciting that the project has the potential to help with research in to the human condition of myositis and other inflammatory disorders too.
People need to make contact to volunteer their readiness to help. It is simple – just contact us with your vizsla’s Kennel Club registered name to ask whether your contribution would be useful. All communications are dealt with speedily and in strictest confidence.
Sample collection is quick and easy . All participants are provided with everything that is required and there are no costs to the owner. Even the postage is prepaid.
The sample will be sent to CIGMR and will be completely anonymous once it is entered in to the DNA archive. No information will be reported back to the owner. This is because it will only be possible to find out which genes and environmental factors are involved by identifying patterns in large numbers of affected and unaffected animals.
It is hoped that with these measures to one day identify the genetic markers responsible for PM but everything will depend on the extent to which it proves possible to engage the support and help not just of those who own an affected vizsla but also that of their breeders – and stud dog owners too. Every single sample will matter hugely and the bigger the response we get then the more hope there will be of one day freeing our genetic pool from the scourge of this devastating and life threatening illness.