DNA Genotek’s Performagene DNA Collection Product to Facilitate the National GenoTest Program offered by Holstein Canada and Semex Alliance

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DNA Genotek today announced that Performagene•LIVESTOCK, DNA Genotek’s product for collecting DNA from livestock using nasal samples, has been selected for the new GenoTest program. GenoTest, launched today by Holstein Canada and Semex Alliance Partners, is a full scale national program that offers genomic testing services on Illumina’s 3K and 50K genotyping arrays. The program is designed to reduce the costs and complexity of genotyping to provide enhanced genetic evaluations for production, conformation and health/fertility traits for Canadian dairy producers while improving sample collection methods.

DNA Collection from Cow with Performagene LIVESTOCK

“We chose Performagene•LIVESTOCK for the GenoTest program because our pilot program proved the product has tremendous potential to provide efficiencies in both collection and processing.

DNA Genotek today announced that Performagene•LIVESTOCK, DNA Genotek’s product for collecting DNA from livestock using nasal samples, has been selected for the new GenoTest program. GenoTest, launched today by Holstein Canada and Semex Alliance Partners, is a full scale national program that offers genomic testing services on Illumina’s 3K and 50K genotyping arrays. The program is designed to reduce the costs and complexity of genotyping to provide enhanced genetic evaluations for production, conformation and health/fertility traits for Canadian dairy producers while improving sample collection methods.

Nasal samples collected with Performagene•LIVESTOCK are faster to collect than other methods, are stable at ambient temperature and are prepared for processing while being transported to the lab. This use of Performagene•LIVESTOCK streamlines the entire DNA handling process from the producer to the laboratory.

The Performagene•LIVESTOCK product was included in a Holstein Canada/Semex pilot project in the summer in which producers tried nasal methods for DNA sample collection. Almost 75% of producers on the pilot project indicated that it was as easy or easier to collect DNA using Performagene•LIVESTOCK as compared to tail hair.

“One of the keys to widespread adoption of genomic testing is the availability of a reliable and cost effective means of collecting a quality sample,” said Jay Shannon, breed improvement manager, Holstein Canada. “We chose Performagene•LIVESTOCK for the GenoTest program because our pilot program proved the product has tremendous potential to provide efficiencies in both collection and processing. The choice of Performagene•LIVESTOCK for the GenoTest program provides an optimal sample and the opportunity for broader usage of genotyping within and across dairy herds in Canada and abroad.”

“Our involvement in the GenoTest program is the result of a shared vision for easier and more reliable livestock DNA collection combined with lower cost processing and analysis,” said Ian Curry, president and chief executive officer, DNA Genotek. “The GenoTest program offers dairy producers a less expensive and highly accurate method of genotyping their cattle. We believe the use of nasal samples for a program of this scale has the potential to augment the value of livestock genomics for the industry and for individual producers.”

About DNA Genotek:
DNA Genotek focuses on providing high-quality biological sample collection products. The company’s Oragene family of products provides the best way to collect and preserve large amounts of DNA from saliva. The company also offers a family of products for collecting DNA from animals and livestock. The reliability and ease-of-use of the company’s products have resulted in rapid adoption at top-tier organizations globally, including Harvard, Stanford, Cambridge, Johns Hopkins, Oxford, and the Karolinska Institute. DNA Genotek markets its products worldwide and has established a global customer base in over 100 countries. For more information about DNA Genotek, visit http://www.dnagenotek.com

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