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Cataracts Research

SCARF-Sponsored Research on Cataracts

AKCCHF grant #02277:  Identification of the Genetic Cause or Causes for Cataracts in Several Breeds

AKCCHF grant #01637:  Identification of DNA Marker(s) for Cataracts in Purebred Dogs, with Emphasis on the Breeds Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky, and Samoyed

AKCCHF grant #00972:  Identification of Mutations Associated with Hereditary Cataracts in Northern Breeds.

AKCCHF grant #01670-A: Pinpointing the causal mutation(s) underlying a genome-wide association signal for hereditary cataract in Northern Breeds

AKCCHF grant #02146-A:  Development of a Novel Drug Delivery System to Prevent Vision Loss in Canine Cataract Patients


Other Research

This is an expansion of a current research project aimed at identifying the gene(s) and mutation(s) responsible for these cataracts. Samples are needed from Samoyeds, Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes with bilateral posterior cortical cataracts that developed between 1 and 3 years of age.

Contact Optigen prior to sending samples to make sure your dog qualifies for the research.  

607.257.0301 phone

607.257.0353 fax


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