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Red Pigment Intensity Test Added to Embark for Breeders Kit


We’re pleased to announce the addition of a new coat color trait test for red pigment intensity to the Embark for Breeders product. Red pigment intensity is the concentration of red pigment (pheomelanin) in a dog’s hair, which produces colors ranging from light cream (like a West Highland Terrier) to deep red (like an Irish...

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What is the A Locus

What is the A locus?


The “A locus” is the name for the DNA sequence that makes up the agouti-signaling protein (ASIP) gene, which is located on chromosome 24 in the dog genome. This gene contains instructions to make a protein (ASIP) that acts as a molecular switch: when ASIP is present, it tells hair cells to produce the red/yellow...

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