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Embark Customers – Pioneers in Dog Wellness and Genetics

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Take part in our next research survey on skin health and allergies While conducting dog research for the last decade, I have come across many people interested in dog genetics, for all kinds of reasons. Some are just curious: Who is Fido and how did he get here? Does he have some hidden talent I...

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What Does Genetics Tell us About Ancestry?

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The Akita first entered Japan about 2000 years ago, becoming a fierce hunting dog, capable of taking down boar, deer, and even bears. They inspired the samurai and became a national treasure, before World War II threatened the dogs’ very existence. With Japan starving and at war, dogs were killed for food and to prevent...

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Domestication of Our Best Friend

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Before cattle, before wheat, and yes, before cats, there were dogs. Domestication as we know it began with man’s best friend, between 15 and 40 thousand years ago. The history Some researchers suggest that the emergence of the relationship with the dog may have been responsible for the victory of modern humans outside of Africa...

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Genome-Wide Association and Your Best Friend

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A genome-wide association, or “GWAS”, is really a simple comparison across two populations that are only differentiated by a particular characteristic of interest. Genome-wide association Imagine, for example, you have two forms of a dog breed. One with curly coats, and one with wavy to straight coats. In no other way do the two groups...

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Where are Dogs From?

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Where are domestic dogs from? Some researchers say Central Asia. Others say East Asia. Others the Middle East. And others Europe. In contrast, we know that human ancestry is “Out of Africa.” We don’t know where, whether it be in the east or south of Africa, but we know the basics: that 50,000 years ago...

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How Can We Predict Size in Dogs?

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There are some traits, like short bobtails, where variation in one gene is enough to predict outcomes. Dogs (like most animals) have two copies of a given gene. So you only need to track three combinations or genotypes (e.g., AA, Aa, and aa) for these traits. There are other traits, such as height in humans,...

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Why I Founded Embark

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I founded Embark because I love dogs and science. My earliest experiences as a biologist came in the rainforests of Costa Rica and Panama studying all different sorts of tropical biodiversity, and also getting friendly with the free-ranging dogs wandering around the nearby towns (my family even adopted a dog in Panama when we lived...

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Embark Sale Beneficiary Focus – Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League

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Olympic fever has hit and we at Embark have challenged the dog lovers of America to raise money for their local animal rescues! We are running a special 20% off sale on our dog DNA tests with $10 per kit sold going to a shelter of your choice. The city with the most sales see’s...

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Embark Sale Beneficiary Focus – Arizona Humane Society

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Let the games begin! Embark loves a good competition and to get us in the Olympic spirit, we at Embark have challenged the dog lovers of America to raise money for their local animal shelters! We are running a special 20% off sale on our dog DNA tests with $10 per kit sold going to...

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Embark Sale Beneficiary Focus – Central Texas SPCA

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Marking the Olympic Games, we at Embark have challenged the dog lovers of America to raise money for their local animal shelters! We are running a special 20% off sale on our dog DNA tests with $10 per kit sold going to a shelter of your choice. The city with the most sales sees their shelter’s...

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