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Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a fatal transmissible spongiform encephalopathy of elk and other cervids in North America. A natural mutation in the prion protein gene in elk has been found to affect susceptibility to CWD and disease progression.

Deer and Elk Abundance and Sex Ratio

We provide a range of services based on fecal pellets from deer or other ruminants provided to us, including individual genotyping with 10-12 microsatellite markers and an SRY marker to determine sex as well as species-typing based on mitochondrial sequencing (i.e., only necessary when species or origin is ambiguous).  Analysis of genotypic data to produce abundance estimates also can be arranged.

Parentage/Genetic Marker Report

This DNA-based parentage test uses microsatellite marker analysis to compare the DNA profile of an offspring to the profiles of possible parents.