It has continued to worry me that the numbers of samples from affected dogs we have is too low, and in this regard it is especially frustrating that the Breed Council health committee is not interested in contributing. But as has been reported elsewhere, there have been several new JKD cases in the last week or so. They number 7 as of now, 3 from one litter. No major show stud dogs are involved, and pedigree publication did not come early enough to warn of dangers. I should be getting swabs from all of these cases, although one vet has sent a piece of tissue in lieu at euthanasia. Vets really are helping now. I also have swabs from three foreign cases coming in, so numbers for research are looking healthier, but at what cost to owners. It is quite sickening.
Meanwhile at the research level, DNA extractions from the samples churn on; Professor Amos’ team is pretty busy.