1.) What is the turn around time for blood tubes and is it different for ear tags?
Our normal turn around time for both blood tubes and ear tags is 3-5 working days from the time we receive your samples.
2.) Do I have to mail my blood tubes overnight?
It is only important to mail your blood tubes overnight in the real heat of the summer. Usually July and August.
3.) What is the best way to mail my blood tubes?
We have found that UPS and FedEx are the most reliable for getting your samples delivered when they say they will deliver them. If you only have United States Postal Service in you area we recommend sending them Priority Mail with a signature required.
4.) What is the cost for Scrapie Susceptibility 171?
The cost to have Scrapie Susceptibility 171(Codon 171) run is $11.00 per sample.
5.) What is the cost for Scrapie Susceptibility and Spider together?
To have both Scrapie Susceptibility and Spider run is $22.00 per sample.
6.) How long do you keep the DNA from my sheep on file?
We will keep the DNA extracted from each sample for 5 years from the time we receive the sample.
7.) Does it cost the same for Codon 171 if I use the ear tags and not the blood tubes?
The cost to have Codon 171 run is the same whether you submit ear tags or blood tubes. The cost is $11.00 per sample.
8.) Are there special handling instructions when mailing ear tags?
The ear tags take no special handling. We do suggest that you mail your tags in a bubbled envelope or small box, depending on the number of samples you are sending us.
9.) What is the shelf life for unused ear tags?
It has been suggested to us from the manufacturer of the ear tags that they will last indefinitely before using them. You should keep them dry and not expose them to extreme temps.
10.) How soon do I have to mail in my ear tags after the samples are in them?
Once the ear tags have tissue samples in them, the tissue samples will be preserved for up to 3 years. You can send them in at your convenience, depending, of course on how soon you need your results.
11.) Do I have to refrigerate my ear tags after the samples are in them?
There is no need to refrigerate your ear tags after samples have been placed in them. There is a drying agent in the tag itself that will preserve the tissue sample.
12.) What is your mailing address for sending packages?
You can mail your samples to:
- Gene Check
1175 58th Ave. Suite 100
Greeley, CO 80634
13.) Do we test for PSS?
Yes we do test for PSS. See below.
14.) What is the procedure for sending PSS samples to Gene Check?
In order to test for PSS we will need 1 to 2cc's of whole blood in a purple top tube. It is important to rock the blood tube back and forth repeatedly so the blood will not clot. You will also need to chill the blood before sending it. If you are unable to chill the blood before you send it, we suggest you put a small ice pack in with your samples.
15.) How much blood do I need to have Codon 171 and Spider run?
In order to test for both Codon 171 and Spider we will need 1 to 2cc's of whole blood in a purple top tube. It is important to rock the tube back and forth repeatedly so the blood will not clot. Then chill the tubes until you send them to us.
16.) Can you run Spider, Codon 171 and Codon 136 from the same sample?
Yes we can. We will need 1 to 2cc's of whole blood in a purple top tube.
17.) Do I need to test at Codon 136?
Because testing is not free, the goal is to minimize the amount of testing you need to do. At Gene Check, we continue to discourage routine testing at codon 136. First of all, the incidence of strain A scrapie in the US is low. Secondly, if you are breeding toward RR at codon 171, you are automatically breeding toward AA at codon 136. If you are selling RR animals, you do not need to test them at codon 136. If you are selling QR animals, as most of us still are, you may want to consider testing those at Codon 136.
18.)Do goats have a resistant gene to Scrapie?
Goats have no know resistant gene to Scrapie. Therefore it is not necessary to test your goats for Scrapie Susceptibility. They will always test QQ. If a governing board requires you test your goats for entry purposes or traveling, we can test them. The cost of the test is $11.00 and we would need you to submit the samples in purple top tubes.
19.) What type of tubes do I need?
The type of test you are requesting will determine the type of blood tube you will need to use. If you are sending your samples in to be tested for Codon 171, 136 or Spider you will need to use a purple top tube. This tube contains EDTA which will keep the blood from clotting. If you are testing for OPP or Johne's please use red top tubes. Red top tubes allow the blood to clot, seperating the serum from the red blood cells. We use the serum to test for OPP or Johne's.
20.) Do I have to use your Pliers for the DNA ear tags?
You will need to use Agrobiogens pliers in order to use the DNA ear tags. For the samples to be properly captured in the tag, Agrobiogen's pliers need to be used.