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Websites - Reproduction and Genetics
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Veterinary sites

  • AZA Wildlife Contraception Center
    Healthy captive animal populations require careful reproductive management to maintain genetic diversity and prevent inbreeding. Contraception helps scientists facilitate controlled pairings while still allowing individuals to live in natural social and family groups. Site contains the current contraception guidelines.
  • Bovine Reproduction
    Great pictures and information concerning bovine reproduction. The topics (and subheadings) are at the left. There are picture buttons at the bottom. Some of the Back/Forward arrows jump to the end, instead of moving to the next photo, but the designer has been informed.
  • Canine Genetic Diseases
    DNA tests currently available from the University of Missouri include L-2-Hydroxyglutaric Acidurea (Staffordshire Bull Terriers), Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (American Bulldogs, Dachshunds, and English Setters), Neonatal Encephalopathy With Seizures (Standard Poodles), Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Phosphatase Deficiency (Clumber Spaniels and Sussex Spaniels), Phosphofructokinase Deficiency (English Springer Spaniels), Progressive Retinal Atrophy (Dachshunds and English Springer Spaniels).
  • Canine Inherited Disorders Database
    Information on both well-known and more obscure genetic disorders, including diagnostic and therapeutic information.
  • Cockatiel Color Mutations
    Site contains articles on color mutations in cockatiels. Note: Site is full of advertisements and non-stop music.
  • Control of Genetic Disease
  • Dog Temperament Testing
    American Temperament Test Society is an organization devoted to uniform temperament testing and evaluation of dogs, and dissemination of information on various aspects of canine temperament. To date, the society has tested over 24,000 dogs.
  • Early Spay And Neuter Controversy
    Opinions regarding adverse effects of early spay and neuter considerations for the canine athlete.
  • Equine Coat Color Calculator
    This calculator will give you the possible offspring coat colors and their probabilities when given the parents' coat color and pattern information. For gray sire or dams, you must enter what the color of the horse was before it went gray, as well as check the box labeled gray to the right of your color selection. Calculator is supplied by a commercial genetics company that does color testing.
  • Equine Color Genetics Information
    Site contains charts, question/answer message board, color definitions, genetics resources, etc.
  • Equine Reproductive Physiology
    Site contains information about mare and stallion reproductive physiology. Includes pregnancy and lactation. Text, photos, and ultrasound images.
  • Feline Hip Dysplasia Awareness
  • Genetic disease laboratories
    veterinary genetic disease research and genetic disease detection services for purebred animals.
  • Genetically Engineered Hypoallergenic Cats
    News stories about genetically engineered hypoallergenic cats.
  • Genetically modified cats for sale
    News stories about genetically engineered hypoallergenic cats.
  • Hemophilia B In German Wirehaired Pointers
    Male German wirehaired pointers can be screened for normal coagulation Factor IX values, but carrier females often have normal Factor IX values and cannot be diagnosed using Factor XI assays. Through research at Cornell's Comparative Coagulation Laboratory and the James A. Baker Institute, a new screening test has been developed to accurately identify Hemophilia B carrier females.
  • Institute for Genetic Disease Control in Animals (GDC)
    GDC gathers results from veterinary screenings of individual dogs for genetic diseases and makes that information available to responsible breeders, owners, veterinarians and researchers.
  • Lactation Biology
    Instruction material from the Topic Areas in Lactation Biology class from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
  • LIDA - Listing of Inherited Disorders in Animals
    This site explores the prevalence and nature of inherited disorders in common dog breeds.
  • Longevity Project
    The Reptiles and Amphibians in Captivity site collects longevity and breeding information.
  • Neuromuscular Case Presentations
    Comparative Neuromuscular Laboratory, University of California - San Diego, Case Presentation. In addition to specific case presentations (many of which have video clips, muscle biopsy specimens, EMGs, and other advanced diagnostics), monthly topics include muscle biopsy techniques and anesthetic considerations of patients with myopathies. Site contains information about hereditary neuromuscular diseases, plus additional links and email addresses for research being conducted.
  • Online Mendelian Inheritance In Animals (OMIA)
    A database of genes, inherited disorders, and traits in more than 135 animal species (other than human and mouse). The database contains textual information and references, as well as links to relevant PubMed and Gene records at the NCBI.
  • PennGen
    Genetics laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania; run by Urs Giger.
  • PLN and PLE in Wheaten Terriers
    Protein-Losing Enteropathy (PLE), Protein-Losing Nephropathy (PLN), and renal dysplasia are conditions commonly seen in the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier. North Carolina State University is conducting research into this condition and maintains this website. Site includes information on clinical presentation, pathogenesis, and treatment of PLE and PLN, as well as screening recommendations and sample submission information.
  • Pregnancy Determination in the Bitch
  • Semen Evaluation
    Contains information on the collection, handling, and evaluation of semen in bulls, stallions, and dogs.
  • Statistical Genetics
    An extensive set of notes from a course Wyman Nyquist taught (from 1972-1998) on Statistical Genetics, with a focus on Animal and Plant Breeding are now freely available on line(as pdf files).
  • Susan Little DVM
    Designed for breeders of pedigreed cats and contains information on topics they might find relevant (such as early age altering) as well as case histories illustrated with photos.
  • Swine Testing and Genetic Evaluation System
  • The Canine Diversity Project
    The Canine Diversity Project is an attempt to acquaint breeders of domesticated dogs with the dangers of inbreeding. Site includes information on basic concepts of genetics, inbreeding, diversity, test matings, DNA tests, and other useful information for breeders and veterinarians.
  • The Canine Genome Sequencing Project
    This site wants samples from purebred dogs suffering from one of the following diseases: osteosarcoma, hemangiosarcoma, lymphoma, mammary neoplasms, mast cell tumor, and melanoma.
  • Vaginal Cytology
    Establishing the optimum breeding time of the bitch. Slide presentation from a series of on-line tutorials prepared by Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Vaginal Cytology
    Techniques for preparing a vaginal smear, classification of vaginal epithelial cells and a discussion on canine vaginal cytology from Colorado State University.
  • Visual Online Reproduction Guides
    This site currently covers bovine, ovine, and bubaline antelope, with canine feline, equine porcine, and caprine sections in development.

Human sites

  • Blazing a Genetic Trail (Human)
    An online, illustrated book that discusses the search for mutant genes that cause the 4,000 hereditary disorders affecting humans.
  • GeneTests
    Gene Tests is a publicly funded medical genetics information resource developed for physicians, other healthcare providers, and researchers. Contains expert-authored disease reviews, educational materials, a list of international genetic testing laboratories, and a directory of international genetics and prenatal diagnosis clinics.
  • Genetic Alliance (Human)
    Genetic Alliance is a coalition of more than 600 advocacy organizations serving 25 million people affected by 1000 conditions. The organization works to transform leadership in the genetics community to build capacity in advocacy organizations and to educate policymakers by leveraging the voices of individuals and families.
  • Genetics Home Reference: (Human)
    The Genetics Home Reference (Your Guide to Understanding Genetic Conditions) is the National Library Of Medicine's web site for consumer information about (human) genetic conditions and the genes responsible for those conditions.
  • Genetics Home Reference: Family History
    What do you know about your family medical history? Are there medical conditions that run in your family? Diabetes? Heart disease? Cancer? Knowing this information can help determine increased health risks. The National Library of Medicine has made collecting your family medical history easy with resources available at Genetics Home Reference. This site also provides a wealth of consumer information on genetic conditions.
  • Genetics/Birth Defects
    Informational links to a variety of information on specific human birth defects. Provided as a service of the National Library of Medicine.
  • Genomics and Its Impact on Science and Society
    Check out the Genomics and Its Impact on Medicine and Society - A 2001 Primer - a publication of the U.S. Department of Energy Human Genome Program.
  • Human Biomolecular & Biochemical Databases
    Provides links to a variety of sites related to the study of human DNA. Presented by Harvard University, Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology.
  • Human Embryo Images
    Normal and abnormal mammalian development tutorial that uses scanning electron micrographs (SEMs) as the primary resource to teach mammalian embryology.
  • Human genetics
    Genetics related information from
  • Human Genome Project
    The U.S. Human Genome Project is a 13-year effort coordinated by the Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health.
  • Human Genome Resources
    Presented by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). NCBI creates public databases, conducts research in computational biology, develops software tools for analyzing genome data, and disseminates biomedical information for the better understanding of molecular processes affecting human health and disease.

General sites

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