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In order to make a difference to the future health of our breed and to take advantage of technology, the Westie Foundation of America, Inc. has established the Westie Foundation of America Biobank with Resero Genomics. We are currently recruiting blood samples from Westies from which DNA will be extracted. It does ot matter whether your Westie is a pedigreed dog, a rescue dog, or a dog of unknown lineage. Blood samples from all Westies are welcome and appreciated. We need DNA samples from healthy dogs as well as those with health issues.
FOR RESEARCHERS AND INSTITUTIONS REQUESTING SAMPLES FOR RESEARCH
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHO May Participate?
All West Highland White Terriers of any age, regardless of their pedigree or health status, are welcome to support our efforts.
WHAT is collected?
A small blood sample is collected and shipped to Resero Genomics in Salt Lake City, Utah, where DNA is extracted from the blood.
WHY are we banking Westie DNA?
The stored DNA samples will provide raw material for researchers to use in their research studies. Biobanks are created with the long-term goal of linking DNA with health issues and diseases.
WHERE is the DNA stored?
The WFA contracted with Resero Genomics, which has successfully stored and maintained both human and animal DNA since 2003, to store the DNA at its facilities.
WHEN will the samples be collected?
Collection can begin now and will continue indefinitely.