DNA Testing Lab – Etalon Diagnostics

DNA testing can be an expensive endeavour if you are testing a large amount of genes. Some labs will offer group packages at a discount. Some registries will also offer you discounts for DNA packages. There is now a lab that offers a huge package of equine DNA testing for a very reasonable price. This lab is called Etalon Diagnostics.

Etalon offers a package they call the Mini Panel. The Mini Panel is very far from being Mini! The Mini Panel is a work in progress for the lab where they are adding new genes very quickly. There are also genes that are being studied that are on the panel. Currently, horses that have their DNA sent in may have their DNA studied in future studies (exciting to be a part of future studies!).

Etalon only starts to run tests on the 1st and the 15th of every month. This leads to a larger wait time for the results compared to other labs. My wait time was about a month and a half (the holidays no doubt added to this wait). The results are emailed to you in a fantastic package including a summary of the test results, the test results, a few charts and a little section helping to explain the lingo used in the results.

The summary page of DNA testing.

The Mini Panel currently tests the following:
Colours:
Extension (Red/Black factor)
Agouti (just black and bay)
Cream
Pearl
Champagne
Silver
Grey
PATN1
Tobiano
Frame
Sabino1
Dominant White 1 – 21
SW 1 – 5 (including Macchiato)
Incontinencia Pigmenti (genetic disease Brindle)

Diseases:
Glycogen Branching Enzyme Deficiency (GBED)
Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis (HYPP)
Hereditary Equine Regional Dermal Asthenia (HERDA)
Malignant Hyperthermia (MH)
Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy – Type 1 (PSSM1)
Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa 1 (JEB1)
Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa 2 (JEB2)
Cerebellar Abiotrophy (CA)
Lavender Foal Syndrome (LFS)
Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID)
Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS)
Equine Arteritus Virus Resistance
Foal Immunodeficiency Syndrome (FIS)
Impaired Acrosomal Reaction
Myotonia
West Nile Resistance

Traits:
Lordosis
Curiosity/Vigilance
Myostatin/Speed
Gait

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