Genetics

Genetic Studies for SAS and SCARF

By Margaret Black in articles

January 1, 2019

SCARF has a long-standing interest in supporting research opportunities that seek to identify the genetic basis of diseases that afflict Samoyeds. In spring 2018 SCARF was contacted about Samoyeds from a shelter in Iowa who had heart murmurs, a possible indicator of subvalvular aortic stenosis (SAS), a congenital heart defect in dogs. We were told that dogs from this shelter were notorious for sudden cardiac death and accurate pedigrees were not available.

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