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DNA Sequencing

What is DNA sequencing?

DNA sequencing is the process of determining the sequence, or order, of the four bases adenine (A), thymine (T), cytosine (C), and guanine (G). The order of bases tells us the kind of genetic instructions that live within a particular segment of DNA.

What is the difference between DNA and a genome?

Great question! Humans, and all of the members of our beloved pet family, are made up of millions of living cells that include the complete set of genetic instructions that are needed for our growth and development. This complete set of instructions

How much of a cat's genome can you sequence?

We sequence over 300 million nucleotides of your cat’s DNA, which is only a part of the genome! However, if you would like to have your cat’s entire genome sequenced and monitor every base pair, we offer a Whole Genome Sequencing kit as well.

Can you prioritize my pet's sample?

The whole process will typically take 4-6 weeks from the time we receive the sample at our lab. When we receive samples at our laboratory, they often arrive in batches, often hundreds at a time. When receiving these kits, we scan them all into our la

What happens after DNA sequencing is completed?

Once your pet's raw sequencing data is downloaded from the server, the data then goes through our analysis pipeline, so we then have a clear idea if all of our internal sequencing data quality and quantity thresholds are met to generate every part of

Will littermates and siblings have the same DNA results?

Nope! Even though kittens and puppies of the same litter may demonstrate similar (or extremely different!) traits with each other, siblings will always have a unique DNA sequence, and therefore, different reports. When genes are passed on to pets, ea