DNA testing animals for coat colour

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Offline Ballistix

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DNA testing animals for coat colour
« on: 22/06/2015 11:03:25 »
I am involved in exotic game breeding (mostly buffalo, antelope, plains game, etc.) and I am extremely interested in color mutations and that sort of thing after having delved a bit into genetics during college. One of the major things that make exotic game so valuable is color mutations, so when buying/selling any game we regularly have the DNA tested to confirm whether the animal is a split (carries genes for both colors) or whether they are pure bred as this has a serious consequence when they produce offspring. First off the testing is pretty expensive when you are talking hundreds of tests a year and second is the time constraint, they take about 4 to 6 weeks.

I would love to consider the possibility of testing the DNA myself and long term offering it to clients as well. How involved is the testing for something like color and what kind of equipment would you require for it?

Any input would be greatly appreciated!


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Re: DNA testing animals for coat colour
« Reply #1 on: 22/06/2015 20:19:28 »
How long do you think, let's say, a green zebra would be valuable after you find a relatively cheap way to GMO one of them up? Six month, maybe?


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Re: DNA testing animals for coat colour
« Reply #2 on: 23/06/2015 11:09:55 »
Technologies like high-resolution color printing have now moved from large publishers into the average home.

The same forces of "Moore's Law" will eventually make gene sequencing more readily available to the ordinary person - if the trend continues long enough.

Already specialist manufacturers can make biochips that can recognise certain gene sequences. These are available on contract, so if you can define the various gene sequences that code for different coat colors, these companies could produce a specialised chip which recognises the presence of these particular genes. But there is still a considerable amount of processing in preparing the DNA samples, and reading the results.