CeGaT and dw sport horses GmbH found CAG GmbH – Center for Animal Genetics to bring cutting-edge research to horse, dog, and cat breeders and owners, providing tools to improve the genetic health and welfare of their animals. This partnership brings together CeGaT’s award-winning expertise in molecular genetics, sequencing, and data analysis and dw sport horses’ experience in the world of horses and animal breeding.
The corporate objective is to conduct ground-breaking molecular analysis of animal genetics and hereditary diseases. In addition to on-going research to develop new tests, CAG will offer identity and parentage testing, and single-gene disease and phenotype tests. CAG collaborates with academic laboratories, breed registries and breeders, and also offers services such as next-generation sequencing (NGS) of various animal species to answer specific research questions.
CAG’s research will reflect the leading edge of molecular genetics, working to predict simple and complex hereditary diseases and traits. Many diseases in horses, dogs and cats are still unexplored and their underlying cause unknown, particularly for multi-factorial conditions that include multiple genes and environment factors. CAG will focus on this area, contributing to basic research in the field to improve knowledge and resources for animal breeders and owners and developing resources to improve the genetic health and well-being of animals. Tests offered and developed by CAG GmbH will give breeders the tools they need to reduce the occurrence of undesirable traits through selective breeding and to confidently choose top quality animals for their breeding programs.
Official press release CeGaT (pdf)
Website CAG GmbH