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Embark's Chief Science Officer, Adam Boyko, describes how, with over 400 breeds and countless variations, dogs are the most diverse mammal on land, and there’s a unique story behind each of their shapes.

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Doggie DNA home tests could help you determine breed At-home DNA testing kits for people are becoming commonplace, and now there are similar products for your dog. Their goal is to help you better manage your dog’s health, and they may also help you figure out their breed. NBC’s Olivia Sterns reports.

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This company wants to use dog DNA to help cure cancer Could dogs hold a clue to the next big advance in cancer research? The cofounders behind a startup called Embark believe the answer is yes, and they're out to prove it. By collecting and analyzing at-home DNA kits from thousands of pups, Embark hopes to use doggie data to shed new light on human disease…

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VIDEO: DNA testing for dogs A new Austin based tech start up, Embark, is hosting a kick off event. Ryan Boyko and Dr. Adam Boyko talk about the company and the event…

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Dog DNA Testing Gets Its Day For Ryan and Adam Boyko, dog drool is a family business. Over the past decade, the brothers have traveled the globe, fetching thousands of saliva samples from pups in Croatia, Fiji, India, Peru, Qatar, Uganda, and a dozen other countries. They carried the samples back to Adam’s genetics lab at Cornell University, where they scoured the DNA for clues about the history and evolution of man’s best friend…

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How The DNA In Your Dog’s Drool Can Help Fight Human Disease For decades, scientists have been researching the ways to identify, prevent, and cure genetic diseases. Ryan Boyko, dog lover and public health professional, believes he knows the secret to answering medicine’s greatest questions: dog drool. Boyko is the founder of Embark, a startup that collects doggy DNA to test for over 100 different genetic diseases. Simply swab the inside of your pup’s cheek, ship out the saliva sample, and receive your results. You’ll learn about you furry friend’s genetic makeup, and have a better knowledge about his health and wellbeing…

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This startup can tell you almost everything you want to know about your dog Just like their caretakers, every dog has a story all its own. A newly launched startup called Embark aims to tell that tale to dog owners so they better understand the origin of their pet. The company's first product is a canine DNA test that goes a step beyond the typical breed-matching and vague origin stories of other pet heritage exams and delves deep into the health and lifestyle implications of each dog's unique history.

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Old Dog, New Tests: Embark Uses DNA Kit to Promote Canine Health Human genetic testing is an increasingly popular way to gain bio-intelligence about ourselves and potentially ward off illness. Now, some startups want to enable us to do the same for man’s best friend. Embark Veterinary is an Austin, TX, startup that is offering what it says is the first canine DNA test to better sort out Fido’s future healthcare needs. “Maximizing health has been a factor in human health for the last 20 years,” says Ryan Boyko, co-founder of Embark. “They’ve been doing that for themselves. Now, they want that for their dog.”

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Pet Doctor: Is there a place for DNA testing in dogs? About once a month, a client will ask a question that isn't really clinical, but just interesting. Pertaining to mixed-breed dogs in particular, is sending in hair, saliva or blood samples useful in determining the breed mix in a certain dog? Up until now, I've been ambivalent on the subject and have given such responses as "does it really matter?" or "if you want to spend money on it, go ahead -- but it makes no difference to me." But a new company is rolling out a testing service on both mixed and pure-bred dogs with a different perspective…

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Consumer Startup Embark Veterinary to Debut Canine DNA Test Embark Veterinary will next month introduce a new DNA test for dogs that it hopes will not only satisfy the curiosity of pet owners but advance both canine and human health research. The Austin, Texas-based firm aims to provide users of its Embark Dog DNA Test with an overview of their dog's ancestry, disease risk, and heritable traits…

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New Startup Embark Offers Genetic Testing for Dogs. SXSW Interactive has gone to the dogs. A new Austin-based company made its debut at the festival this week. Embark offers genetic testing for our four-legged friends to maximize their long term health. Our Meg Bonacorsi sat down with one of the startup's founders…

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Doggie DNA startup wants to learn about human diseases from dog drool. Finally there’s a use for dog drool: this spring, a new startup called Embark plans to launch a DNA testing kit for dogs that will tell owners about their canine’s ancestry, and disease risk. That’s not all the founders have in mind though; they may be aiming at human diseases by enlisting our longtime best friends…

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An Austin Startup is Launching DNA Testing Kits for Dogs. So, you’re at the animal shelter and you’ve spotted the cutest little puppy that you just have to bring home. How big is it likely to get? What are some of the diseases it is prone to get based on its genetics? In many cases, it’s tough to know because few people create records mapping the family tree of their canines…

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Canine experts launch ‘revolutionary’ DNA test. A canine DNA test, designed to be the most comprehensive pet genetic test on the market, is set to ‘revolutionise’ the genetic testing market. Developed by leading experts in dog and consumer genetics, the Embark Dog DNA Test tracks over 200,000 genetic markers, giving an extensive overview of both genetic disease risk and heritable traits…

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McGovern incubator embraces Embark and Ecolectro. To kick off the new year, Cornell’s Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences welcomed two startup companies to its incubator space Jan. 7 … Embark Veterinary, which seeks to apply a new canine genetic testing platform to help keep dogs healthy…

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Cornell Vet School Researchers Publish Largest Ever Study of Dog Genetics. Adam Boyko, assistant professor of biomedical sciences, is the senior author of the paper. He said this study would not have been possible without the Cornell Veterinary Biobank, a collection of samples that includes the DNA of over 10,000 dogs from around the world…

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The Big Search To Find Out Where Dogs Come From. Before humans milked cows, herded goats or raised hogs, before they invented agriculture, or written language, before they had permanent homes, and most certainly before they had cats, they had dogs. Or dogs had them, depending on how you view the human-canine arrangement…

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