OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS
POLYDACTYL DNA TESTING
DR. LESLIE LYONS
|July 20, 2006:
PolyTrak's Kitty Chandler has been working with Dr. Lyons in behalf of MCPI and Maine Coon Polydactyl breeders and owners worldwide to continue the DNA testing on the polys. This project was started in 2004 with DNA testing swabs being submitted to UC, Davis. Many swab sample kits were sent from the California lab, some in bulk and some to individuals. The return rate for these sample kits has not been great from what we understand. PolyTrak will be assisting the staff of Dr. Lyon's in any way that we can to aid in this study. In the past there has been a problem in getting the swab kits to people. Now, with the ability to use Q-Tips and with the data collection capabilities of PolyTrak, we hope these DNA samples will be much easier to submit by breeders. It is also hoped by simplifying the submission process many more samples will be available for testing. A portion of the discussion is quoted below:
As you can see it is very important that as many people as possible submit to this study. It can only add to the knowledge and understanding of the Polydactyl Maine Coon. The kitten and cat numbers referenced above can be found in our database for those that have already submitted. For those that have not submitted their poly litter information, along with the Cattery and the breeding Sire and Dam, please do so at your earliest convenience. A unique cat number will be assigned for you.
An instruction sheet for submitting the swabs (or Q-Tips) can be read by clicking here: Instructions Also the submission form can be viewed by clicking here: Submission Form. Either form can be downloaded and saved on your computer by right clicking on the links and select "Save Target As". The PolyTrak Cat Number (if known) can go in the right hand column of the submission form. The submission form is written by UC, Davis in Microsoft Excel. To view or print the form you must have Microsoft Excel 2000 or above to view or print the form. If you do not have Excel you may download a free viewer from Microsoft at this address: MS Excel Viewer.
Here is the address for submitting the
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