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Embark Discovers Variant Associated with Hearing Loss in Rhodesian Ridgebacks

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Hearing loss is one of the most common disabilities in humans and dogs. Just like humans, Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs can experience progressive hearing loss early in life. This condition is known as early-onset adult deafness (EOAD).  With this form of deafness, dogs lose their hearing by the time they are 1–2 years old. Some purebred...

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Embark Discovers Why Dogs Have Blue Eyes

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At Embark, we are working to end preventable disease in dogs. Today, we are proud to officially announce the first step along that path to discovery, our first published scientific research! So, what did we find? In short, we discovered a genetic mutation, specifically a duplication of DNA sequence near ALX4 (a gene on dog...

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Embark DCM Study

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Participate in Embark’s DCM Study Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a late-onset heart condition that affects both purebred and mixed breed dogs. We are actively recruiting dogs diagnosed with DCM to advance this study. Start eligibility form — CURRENTLY ENROLLING — Is my dog eligible? Dogs must be diagnosed with DCM to qualify. There are no...

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Complex Disease and Phenotype Mapping in Dogs

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Dogs aren’t only humankind’s best friend; they’re also a valuable model species for medical genetics research.  Led by Adam Boyko, PhD, Chief Science Officer at Embark, a team of researchers from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, China Agricultural University, and La Sierra University conducted a genetic study of over 4,200 dogs....

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Inbreeding Depression and Reduced Fecundity in Golden Retrievers

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Known for their sunny coat and disposition, Golden Retrievers are widely recognized as one of the most popular dog breeds in America. Unfortunately, Golden Retrievers are also overrepresented for certain diseases, with more documented mortalities due to cancer than nearly any other breed (Kent et al. 2018; Dobson 2013).  The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study by...

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Dogs May Have Originated in Central Asia

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Though it is well accepted that dogs were the first domesticated animals, the question of where dogs came from is still a heated debate among scientists.  Over the past decade, various studies pointed to Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia as the likely origin for dogs, depending on what samples the researchers had and...

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Embark Cancer Study

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Join us in the fight against canine cancer Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs, with over 6 million dogs diagnosed each year.  Your dog can make a difference with a simple cheek swab. Embark Veterinary is actively recruiting Poodles and Rottweilers diagnosed with common cancers in order to identify possible genetic risk...

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Labrador TVD

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Embark Veterinary’s mission is to end preventable disease in dogs. When our company was founded, we set out to build a database of canine genetic data that could be used for meaningful scientific research by inviting passionate scientists with expertise in population genetics and canine genomics to join our team. Since then we’ve added veterinarians,...

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Donating to Research and Discovery Means Good Will to Dogs

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  This holiday season, give the gift of discovery with an Embark for Breeders DNA Kit for your breeder friends and new puppy owners. Each dog is tested across 220,000 genetic markers, and helps contribute to expanding Embark’s fast growing database. This amount of data will lead to more novel discoveries sooner to help dogs...

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Embark’s Roaning Discovery

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Your dog is one-of-a-kind. But have you ever wondered what makes them that way? Embark makes it our business to know your pup down to their DNA. Our scientists unlocked a secret to understanding dogs’ roan coat patterns — and they couldn’t have done it without the help of everyday dog owners who wanted to...

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Supporting Canine Health Research Helps Dogs Live Long, Healthy Lives

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  Every dog owner wants their dog to live a long and healthy life. Every dog breeder wants to provide a healthy and happy puppy to its new family. Canine health depends on sound practices from purpose-bred dog breeders as well as cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs in genetic health from the research community. Working together breeders...

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5 Questions with Ausra Milano, Embark Research Scientist

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an Embark scientist? When your dog’s Embark swab goes to the lab to be studied, there is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes. Ausra Milano is a research scientist who makes sure Embark’s DNA swabs are processed properly. Ausra is also actively...

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Dog Breeding Guided by Small Genetic Panels Could Reduce Genetic Diversity

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It is well-established that genetic diversity has been declining in many dog breeds over the past two centuries due to the strong selection of several specific traits, combined in some cases with reductions in breed population sizes at specific points in history and the popular sire effect. This is not only a concern for many...

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6 Ways Dog DNA Is Helping Humans

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When the news arrived that dog DNA testing would be made available, there was a mix of reactions. Some people were angry, as communities were using it to see if pooches had any banned breeds in their ancestry. Some people were happy with the possibility of determining the appropriate disease prevention for their fur baby. Still,...

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Embarking on Dog Ancestry Research

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If you have Embarked your dog and opted to participate in scientific research, you’re officially a citizen scientist! On behalf of Embark, I want to say thanks for your contribution. In 2017, Embark presented some of the first research to come out of the data that you and others have given us. We were at...

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Embark was founded by scientists and veterinarians, with the goal of using science to improve dog care. Our research-grade genotyping platform enables our scientists to make new discoveries in dog health. We do this through genome-wide studies that connect genetic data to health data or traits.

Our customers and their dogs are the citizen scientists behind our discovery engine. Every dog’s DNA fuels research that can help all dogs live longer, healthier lives.

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