DNA Day sheds light on new dog discoveries

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

In a recent study, DNA research has shed light on significant discoveries for dogs. National DNA Day on April 25 commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 in addition to the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953. The research findings done by Adam Boyko, an assistant professor in biomedical sciences at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine showcases a genetic basis for dog-related diseases and traits.

According to Boyko, the knowledge about the canine’s genetic is helpful in keeping them healthy. His research mainly focuses on DNA testing and is specifically advantageous to dog breeders. Boyko’s findings are beneficial in identifying appropriate mates. As a result, Boyko intends to curb unhealthy inbreeding and avoids the development of unhealthy litters. Boyko aims to strengthen dog DNA testing and plans to expand it on the basis of human DNA testing.

Boyko underlines the importance of dog DNA testing by referring to the significance of genetic testing in order to check the prevalence of canine disorders. Genetic basis provides information about canine diseases, including cancer and hip dysplasia. The Cornell University-based professor thus hopes to develop constructive knowledge for veterinarians and pet owners in order to keep a check on the dog’s health.   Furthermore, he elaborates a risk of hyperuricosuria (HUU), which indicates a low-purine diet among the dog species. In order to avoid HUU, he suggests lots of water prevent the occurrence of bladder stones. In the absence of a DNA test the dog will be fed with a regular diet and is thus bound to aggravate the conditions of stones, which is a painful and costly procedure.