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For $65 and a cheek swab, you can find out the breed composition (from 38 registered breeds) of your mixed breed dog. I'm sort of curious about Stella, but not $65 curious.

http://www.metamorphixinc.com/products2a.html

Date: 2007-06-12 05:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bottleimp.livejournal.com
Annie: Southern Brown Dog. 'nuff said.

Sophie: Funny-looking freak. Furry little tank. Goofy, stubby-legged dog who managed to go all Cuisinart on a squirrel yesterday.

Date: 2007-06-12 06:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] christianb.livejournal.com
Stella: 100% pure-bred awesome.

Date: 2007-06-12 08:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saturniidae.livejournal.com
Heck yeah. I'll be selling her clones as soon as they become available :)

Date: 2007-08-14 03:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] christianb.livejournal.com
I just realized the number 38 is here, too. It's haunting me. Yep. 38, everywhere.

Date: 2007-06-13 02:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rojagato.livejournal.com
I'm not sure I'd spend $65 for it either, but that's still kind of awesome that it's possible ... but I'm like, wait, how do that do it? I thought they just did straight-matrilinial or -patrilineal lines, which really leaves the milkmen and neighborhood divorcees out, doesn't it?

Date: 2007-06-14 02:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saturniidae.livejournal.com
Yes, most DNA testing uses mitochondrial DNA or Y chromosome testing, but that's usually to prove specific parentage or familial relation. Breed testing relies on looking at a SNPs with relatively high breed specificity, and by looking at lots of them, mathematically deducing the probability of a particular breed's contribution. It is far from foolproof, but so far the main purpose is to satisfy owner curiosity.

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