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News last update:6 Aug 2012

DNA testing for pets gains popularity

Scientists and dog owners throughout the United States have recently begun using DNA testing to study diseases and determine dogs' genetic backgrounds.

DNA testing is also being used to confirm dogs' pedigrees, as a dog's value to a breeder depends heavily on its pedigree, according to The Los Angeles Times. With the cost of DNA testing coming down, dog owners who are curious about their dogs' behavior or about certain illnesses are finding answers through sequencing technology.

About half a dozen dog DNA testing facilities exist in the United States, the newspaper said, often peddling their services at dog shows and on the Internet.


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