Researchers have identified genetic variation linked to elevated homing performance. Genetic variation was identified in the DRD4 gene (dopamin receptor). In humans, the dopamin receptor is involved in behaviour.
The favourable allele was most prevalent in the top-racing animals. The DNA test enables the process of selection for the DRD4 genetic variation.
Additionally the test Quality Gene DRD4-1 Bst4CI Pigeons is offered.
Test specific information
The Turnaround Time (TAT) depends on various factors, such as the shipment time of your sample to the test location, the test method(s) and whether the tests are performed completely or partially by a Partner Lab or Patent owner.
The TAT of tests performed at our facilities is normally 10 working days after receipt of the sample at the testing laboratory (VHL, VHP or Certagen). For tests performed by a Partner Laboratory (so-called "partner lab test") or patent owner, the TAT is at least 20 working days after receipt of your sample. Because the shipment time to our Partner Labs or patent owner may vary due to factors we cannot influence, the mentioned 20 working days are therefore an estimate.
Sometimes it is necessary to re-run your sample. We call this a retest. In that case, the TAT will of course be extended.
Location of disease or trait
For this test samples from all breeds are accepted.
For this DNA test we accept the following materials: Blood EDTA, Blood Heparin, Feather, Tissue. Please contact Dr. Van Haeringen Laboratorium if you wish to submit other material as listed.
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Severity of Disease