We are happy to announce that the project is moving along swiftly and we are making great progress! It is very difficult to say exactly when the commercial parentage verification test will be available, but we are hoping to have all laboratory and data analyses finished by the end of 2018.
We have received samples from over 1000 lovebirds from all across the world and we would like to thank each and every breeder who participated in this study from the bottom of our hearts! We know it took time and effort to take the samples and appreciate it greatly.
The DNA has been extracted for each bird and we are happy to report that these samples are now ready to be analyzed at the 500 SNP markers that we have selected. These analyses should be completed by the end of July 2018. Once we have that data, we will sift through each and every SNP to see which are the most informative and which can be discarded. We want to compile a panel with the least number of SNPs that give the most genetic information. Therefore, the test will be the cheapest it can be, but as accurate as possible.
We hope that this test will be able to determine both identity and parentage for ALL lovebird species. Unfortunately, we will only know if this will be possible once all the analyses are completed. But, rest assured, we are doing our best to develop a panel that can determine parentage of all the domestic lovebird species.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to email Henriette at any time!
Henriette van der Zwan