Great Scots Magazine reports that Scottie dog blood samples are needed by Dr. Elaine Ostrander, Chief of the Cancer Genetics Branch of the National Institutes of Health’s National Human Genome Research Institute. Since 2006, she has led the search for the gene responsible for the epidemic of transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder (TCC) in the Scottish Terrier, thanks to a grant funded by the STCA Health Trust Fund, the Westie Foundation, and the AKC Canine Health Foundation.
According to the article’s writers, “the ultimate goal of the TCC study is a genetic test that can identify individuals at risk for developing the disease. With such information, breeders can devise strategies that have the potential to eliminate—or at least diminish—this plague among Scottish terriers. Dr. Ostrander believes that Scottie life spans could be meaningfully and positively affected within a decade after the test becomes available. In order to speed this process, more samples are needed.”
Dr. Ostrander is looking for:
- All Scotties, regardless of age, known to be affected with TCC
- Any Scottie nearly 12 years old or older who has not been diagnosed with any cancer
Read the entire article and find out where to send blood samples here.