B384 Pigeon Performance Gene LRP8

Background

The gene for LDL receptor related protein 8 (LRP8) plays an essential role in the activity of the hippocampus, an area of the brain closely involved with memory and spatial orientation. In homing pigeons, a mutation to LRP8 (designated Q202H) has been observed which is believed to improve the functioning of the hippocampus, giving the bird increased navigational ability and homing performance. This makes the mutation a useful performance marker.

The majority of homing pigeons are affected by the Q202H mutation, improving the function of the hippocampus and therefore homing performance.

Test specific information

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Age

Turn Around Time

The turn-around-time of a test depends to a large extent on the logistics of sample transportation to the laboratory. After receiving the sample at the test location, you can normally expect the result within 10 working days. A longer delivery time applies to tests carried out by a Partner Lab.

Location of disease or trait

Breed dependence

For this test samples from all breeds are accepted.

Sample type

For this DNA test we accept the following materials: Feather, Tissue, Blood EDTA, Blood Heparin. Please contact Dr. Van Haeringen Laboratorium if you wish to submit other material as listed.

Result

The disease is of multifactorial origin, which means that the symptoms are a result of the combination of genetic factors as well as the environment.

For each genetic factor of a multifactorial disease, a favourable allele exists. The results for this allele are inidcated as 'Normal'. Animals carrying one copy of the undesirable genetic variant are indicated as 'Carrier', whereas animals carrying two copies of the undesirable genetic variant are indicated as 'Affected'.

Inheritance

The disease is of multifactorial origin, which means that the symptoms are a combination of genetic factors as well as the environment.

Severity of Disease

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Code B384

Pigeon Performance Gene LRP8

€ 47,50 (excl. VAT)