A while back Gina sent out information about a Canine Genetics session
at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY on October 4 & 5.
The brochure is now available. It does not provide much more information
than Gina originally provided but I thought I'd repeat since Gina is
tied up with the puppies.
Both Gina and I are registering for the session. I'm looking forward
to this starting down the genetic tunnel. Right now I don't have enough
information to be dangerous.
For those who can make it, it would be a great Farm Collie meeting.
This program presents basic genetics and describes the applications of
canine genetic research. It is designed for dog breeders, veterinary
technicians, and others with a serious interest in the subject.
- Basic genetic principles: traits controlled by single or a few genes
(Mendelian genetics); traits controlled by many genes (quantitative genetics).
- Inherited eye diseases: their recognition and control.
- Inheritance of coat color and possible role of coat-color genes.
- Selection results from a breeding program at The Seeing Eye, Inc.,
designed to genetically improve canine guides.
- Behavioral genetics: improving hip quality; improving dog's ability to be
trained as guides; improving general health.
- World Wide Web: survey of available Internet resources.
Dr. Gregory Acland - senior research associate of the Center for Canine
Genetics and Reproduction, Cornell - genes involved in the inheritance of
Dr. Gustavo Aguirre - Caspary Professor of Ophthalmology, Cornell - major
inherited eye diseases in dogs.
Dr. Marjory Brooks - associate director of the Comparative Coagulation
Section at the Diagnostic Laboratory, Cornell - characterization and
management of bleeding diseases in animals.
Dr. Eldin Leighton - director of canine genetics at The Seeing Eye, Inc. -
responsible for the design and implementation of a breeding program aimed
at the genetic improvement of canine hip quality, trainability, and general
Dr. Stephen Mackenzie - professor of animal science at the State University
of New York - teaches courses in dog behavior & genetics. Research on the
behavior of tracking dogs and the effects of inbreeding on selection scores
in police dog candidates.
Dr. Pascal Oltenacu & Dr. John Pollak - professors of animal breeding &
genetics, Cornell - research focus on the design of genetic improvement
programs and the development of statistical methods for evaluating the
genetic merit of animals.
The program runs from 8:30AM on Saturday, October 4 till 4:30PM on Sunday,
October 5. The cost is $285 which includes tuition, course material,
continental breakfast, lunch & refreshment breaks.
Accommodations that they have reserved rooms at run $60 to $77. No mention
if you can take dogs.
B20 Day Hall,
Ithaca, NY 14853-2801
(607)255-7259 FAX (607)255-8942
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