Cataract Gene Research Being Done in Germany

December 02, 2015 12:38 PM | Deleted user

Over several years, there has been some concern over the years that the Lagotto may have a gene that causes the incidence of early cataract development.  Some of you may have seen a post on Facebook recently from a breeder in Finland who has found the cataract issue in one of her lines and is supporting further genetic studies to find and isolate the gene.  While a lab in Finland had agreed to conduct research, they have since found out that the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Institute of Animal Breeding and Genetics in Germany had already begun such a study.  Here is a link with further information regarding the study:  http://www.greccio.de/pdfs/katarakt_1.pdf

Anyone wishing to participate in this study should contact Eva Fauth, juergen.fauth@t-online.de and she will guide you on what is needed and what to do.  The testing will require blood samples and they are looking for samples from both cataract free and affected dogs.  Some samples have already been collected in Finland, and hopefully they will work together in this important work.  




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