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Veterinary Genetics Laboratory Offers Two New Tests to Detect Heritable Disorders in Horses and Cats

February 14, 2005

Glycogen Branching Enzyme Deficiency in Horses

The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory has obtained a license from the University of Minnesota and has developed a diagnostic test to detect Glycogen Branching Enzyme Deficiency (GBED). This test is now available to horse owners and associations. GBED is a fatal disease that occurs in some newborn foals of Quarter Horse bloodlines. Affected foals lack the enzyme necessary to store glycogen normally in its branched form. Because the animal cannot store sugar molecules, the heart muscle, brain and skeletal muscles are unable to function. The cost of this test is $50.


Polycystic Kidney Disease in Cats


Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a well documented abnormality in domestic cats. It is estimated over 37% of Persians have PKD, a breed that accounts for nearly 80% of the cat fancy. A test for PKD in Persians, Exotics, Himalayans and Persian first generation out-crosses is now available through the school's Veterinary Genetics Laboratory. The cost is $60.

Veterinary geneticists at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine identified the exact gene mutation that causes PKD and led to development of this test. Find out more about  in cats at the PKD Web site.

The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) of the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine is internationally recognized for leadership in the development and application of animal genetic testing procedures. The principal technique involves DNA typing, a highly effective method for individual identification of animals. DNA typing allows the use of samples collected by owners with minimally invasive procedures. Laboratory-developed, gene-specific tests help owners make breeding decisions with respect to inherited disorders.

For more information about how to order these and other DNA-based tests, visit the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory Web site.