New Canine Heritage XL Breed Test Released : MetaMorphix, Inc. is the Creator of Innovative, DNA-Based, Pet Product That Can Identify the Make up of Mixed-Breed Dogs from a List of over 100 Breeds

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The release of a new and expanded version of a dog DNA test that can genetically identify the make up of mixed breed dogs was announced today by MetaMorphix, Inc. The new Canine Heritage XL Breed Test can detect over 100 breeds, nearly three times more than the original product released last year. The popularity of the test combined with the company’s leadership position in DNA-based marker systems convinced MetaMorphix to expand the product to cover over 100 breeds. When the Canine Heritage Breed Test was launched last year, it was an immediate hit with consumers who found it both fun and informative with the potential for improving canine health. Never before had DNA science been commercially available for the specific purpose of identifying the make-up of mixed breed dogs.

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MMI's laboratory is committed to providing the highest quality canine DNA analysis. Our upgrade program will allow previous customers to dig deeper into their dog's DNA.

"The extraordinarily positive response to our first product prompted us to continue our R&D efforts and to add more breeds," said Dr. Edwin Quattlebaum, Co-Chairman & CEO of MetaMorphix, Inc. "Our customers were our guide when we considered breeds to add to the list. Many wrote to us with suggestions. We are excited that we are able to make this sophisticated and complex technology simple to use."

The test uses state-of-the-art, DNA technology yet remains uniquely user-friendly. Like the previous version, the new dog DNA test kit includes a simple cheek swab that customers rub along the inside of their pet's cheek to collect cells. The swab is mailed to the company's lab for DNA analysis, with results coming back to pet-owners in about 4 weeks in the form of a frame-quality Certificate of DNA Breed Analysis.

The company will also offer an upgrade program for customers that purchased the original version of the test. Dr. Quattlebaum notes that "MMI's laboratory is committed to providing the highest quality canine DNA analysis. Our upgrade program will allow previous customers to dig deeper into their dog's DNA." Previous customers can order upgrades at

Veterinarians are also enthusiastic about the new test. "People rely on me to tell them what kind of dog they have. But, quite frankly, it is just a guess on my part. The Canine Heritage XL Breed Test will go a long way to take some pressure off veterinarians. It may even provide us with very useful information that can help us in developing individual nutrition plans, disease prevention, training programs and the like," explains Dr. Mike Hutchinson, a well-known veterinarian in the Pittsburgh, PA area. "I believe this test is the best DNA-based product available today because it is comprehensive and the sampling method is painless for the pet and easy for the dog owner. And do not forget – it's just plain fun to find out what your dog really is!"

Pet owners who adopt animals from shelters or rescues generally regard their pets as important additions to the family. Many want to know more than the shelter or rescue can tell them. The Canine Heritage XL Breed Test can give them the piece of the puzzle they are missing.

"Shelter and rescue dogs are very special to the people who adopt them. The background and unique stories of these pets are often a mystery," noted Betsy Saul, Senior Vice President of "How exciting that the new Canine Heritage XL Breed Test, now with over 100 breeds, can shed some light on these precious members of the family!"

About MetaMorphix, Inc.

MetaMorphix, Inc. is a life sciences company that uses DNA to improve animal wellness. Its wholly owned subsidiary, MMI Genomics, has more than a decade of experience in the area of canine DNA research. As a world-leader in the discovery and commercialization of DNA-based marker systems that enhance the ability to identify individual dogs, verify parentage, determine breed type and confirm gender, MMI Genomics has been at the forefront of developing technology and providing value-added services to the canine community. This unparalleled leadership continues to help protect the efforts of canine registries and support dog owners and breeders around the world.

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