Embark's DNA testing methodology is designed with utmost precision and transparency to provide accurate and reliable results for the health and well-being of dogs and future generations. The microarray probes we use are designed for exceptional accuracy, surpassing 99.9%.
Most genotyping results will be completed in 2-4 weeks from the time we scan your swab at our lab. Completion times may vary for other Embark products.
Here's an overview of how our testing works and the steps we take to ensure accuracy:
Customized SNP Microarray
Our testing platform is a customized Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) Microarray, developed in collaboration with Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, utilizing the latest research-grade canine genotyping technology. This advanced platform enables the analysis of over 230,000 genetic markers, allowing for comprehensive evaluation of a dog's breed composition, health traits, and potential health risks.
High Accuracy Probes
The microarray probes we use are designed for exceptional accuracy, surpassing 99.9%. For health condition testing, we use multiple (between 3-8) separate probes for each health condition, ensuring redundancy and a remarkably high overall accuracy rate of above 99.99% for individual health tests.
Quality Control Process
We implement rigorous quality control measures to maintain the accuracy of our testing. In the rare instances where the results of probes testing the same gene do not match, a secondary analysis is conducted by two independent geneticists. The conclusions of both geneticists must align before providing the final result to the customer. This double-checking process ensures accurate and reliable results.
Exceeding Industry Standards
We go above and beyond industry quality control standards by thoroughly checking various aspects of each sample. We verify the breed, sex, and relatives of every sample to ensure correct labeling and unique identity recording. This rigorous quality control not only ensures the accuracy of results but also aids in fraud prevention, as it becomes impossible for the same dog to be tested multiple times without our knowledge.
Confidence in Results
With the combination of customized SNP microarray, high-accuracy probes, and stringent quality control processes, we express strong confidence in the accuracy of our results. We are committed to providing reliable and transparent information to dog owners, allowing them to make informed decisions about their pet's health and contribute to the overall understanding of canine genetics.
Our dedication to transparency, accuracy, and continuous improvement in our testing methodology underscores our commitment to the health and well-being of dogs and the advancement of veterinary science.
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