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The Science Behind Why We Love Our Dogs

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Do you ever look into your dog’s eyes… and wonder if they love you as much as you love them? Science has some clues about that. Animals can imprint on humans In the early 1930s, an Austrian scientist named Konrad Lorenz kept a collection of goose eggs and waited until they hatched. When they emerged,...

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Recombination Explained: How Littermates Can Look Different

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When two different purebred dogs have puppies, the resulting litter can have a wide spectrum of looks. This effect is compounded if the parents themselves are mixed breed. Sometimes it can be hard to believe the puppies are related going solely off their appearance. While it’s possible for one litter of puppies to have multiple...

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Discover Your Dog’s Genetic Relatives with Embark’s Relative Finder

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Embark offers the world’s first and only canine relative finder, so you can further explore your dog’s DNA story. Our Relative Finder shows your dog’s relatives based on how much DNA they share. It also gives you the ability to connect with their owners. In fact, it has already led to several family reunions, like...

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Origins of the Australian Dingo

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In 2017, Dr. Bill Ballard at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia won a competition to sequence the “world’s most interesting” genome. His choice? The dingo, an ancient dog population found in Australia.  Specifically, they sequenced the DNA of a desert dingo named Sandy. This work created the first full Australian dingo genome, published in...

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2021 Year in Review: Discoveries in Dog Science

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2021 was a great year for dog lovers and dog scientists alike. In our 2021 year in review, we dive into some of the big moments that happened in dog genetics this year.  Scientists made lots of discoveries about dog DNA, like the first Basenji dog genome, how puppies are wired to respond to humans,...

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The Importance of Dogs on Día de los Muertos

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Did you know that we can trace dogs and Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, all the way back to ancient civilizations? Day of the Dead has roots in Aztec and Maya traditions. Today, it’s an important part of Mexican culture. Modern Día de los Muertos takes place on November 1–2. It...

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Dog Decoded: The Shaggy Poodle Mix

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Do you know what your dog is? The truth is, most people don’t! Just looking at your dog won’t tell you their genetic make-up. DNA can be tricky. Every day, we get messages from pet parents who were shocked to discover what their dog’s breed mix really was. So we’re highlighting one of those surprising breed...

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Roaning – Embark’s Newest Discovery

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

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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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Mendelian Inheritance Explained

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All living things inherit their traits from their parents, whether it’s a person’s height, a dog’s coat type, or a flower’s petal color. Traits aren’t copied with 100% accuracy from parent to offspring, though. Since traits are inherited from both parents, all sorts of mixing and matching can occur on the genetic level. The environment...

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Progressive Retinal Atrophy in Dogs Explained

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Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a hereditary condition that results in vision loss in dogs (as well as humans). Blindness has many causes and can be a common health issue in dogs, especially if they’re older. It may sound scary, but dogs are able to cope well with blindness thanks to their other senses. PRA...

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Introducing Camp Embark

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Explore | Train | Play  During the time of quarantine, the number of people bringing a dog into their family has skyrocketed. We created Camp Embark to help you set your new dog up for success now but also after shelter-in-place ends.   Camp Embark is giving dog owners training tips all throughout summer, helping you...

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There’s a Gene That Controls Appetite in Dogs and Embark Now Tests For It

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Labrador Retrievers are America’s most popular dog breed, and for good reason—they’re known for being loyal, friendly, and great with kids. Another thing they’re famous for: their appetite. If you’ve ever had a Lab, you may know what we’re talking about—the pups will often devour just about anything in sight, edible or not.    But...

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Low-Rider Dogs Are at Greater Genetic Risk for Type I IVDD—Now We Can Test for It

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 Type I Intervertebral Disc Disease, or a slipped disc, is common in numerous dog breeds, and it’s now part of Embark’s health panel.   We’re pleased to announce that as of today, Embark’s genetic health screening includes the variant for Type I Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), often referred to as a slipped or herniated disc....

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Celebrating DNA Day

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National DNA Day is celebrated on April 25 and commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 along with the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure in 1953, according to the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). A group of scientists including James Watson, Rosalind Franklin, and Francis Crick were the catalysts for...

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