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The COSMO Art & Science Foundation and the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover would like to thank all dog owners for their great support at the International Dog Show in Hannover on 01 / 02.11.2014 by providing blood samples of their dogs.

The research project "Hereditary eye diseases in Nordic dog breeds" in cooperation with the Institute for Animal Breeding and Genetics of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover and the Cosmo Art & Science Foundation publish:

Status quo of the project – cornerstones (May 2014)

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Dear dog lovers,
with just a few drops of blood from our four-legged friends we all can support researches concerning distichiasis, cataract and PRA.

Get involved!
For the well-being of future generations of dogs.

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The COSMO Art & Science Foundation works together with the Institute for Animal Breeding and Genetics of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Ottmar Distl on a project, that has its focus on clarifying the causes for inherited primary cataracts and distichiasis in dogs.

The university employs all available methodology of modern genomic research to reach the objectives. The scientis are going to genotype the dogs using the canine Illumina high density bead chip to identify associated genomic regions and then to screen these regions for causative mutations using next-generation sequencing.

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On 22.09.2012 a seminar on eye diseases in dogs from veterinary and genetic point of view took place in Embsen (Oerzen). Invited were breeders, veterinarians and everybody interested in breeding.

Speakers at the event were Prof. Dr. Distl (Director of the Institute for Animal Breeding and Genetics at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover) and Ulrike Koch (specialist vet ophthalmology).

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