Nearly a dozen companies market genetic tests for pets, and although it can be fun to discover a pet's ancestry, the market is not regulated, and results suggesting a predisposition to certain disease may be inaccurate and prompt unnecessary, drastic action, say veterinarian Lisa Moses and genomics scientist Elinor Karlsson. Studying data from the tests, particularly canine DNA tests, could expand knowledge of animal and human diseases, but reporting and validation standards must first be developed, Drs. Moses and Karlsson say.
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