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Emu DNA testing

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by yinepu, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. Just a quick question for those of you who have had your emus DNA tested..

    if you sent in the shell/membrane how much did you send in?.. i'm thinking they should just need a piece of the membrane that contains blood or veins.. just not sure how large of a sample that they require

    I'm planning on using Zoogen DNA Services if that helps any


  2. well.. I'm going to answer my own question.. lol

    Just got off the phone with Zoogen.. the lady who returned my call told me that the sample needs to be about 1 inch square (of the membrane where the veins are located).. it also must be DRY.. so they do not need the entire shell.. though if you decide to use someone other than Zoogen then I would suggest contacting them to see if they have the same requirements.

    She said the samples are good indefinitely.. so I can either send them in as each chick hatches or wait until they are done then send them in all at once.

    I do know that care must be used when collecting the sample .. since touching it with your bare hands or allowing other chicks to touch it can cause the sample to become contaminated..

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