Experts in paternity testing
We help you prevent inbreeding
Zoos and aquariums play a key role in species conservation through their breeding programmes of threatened species. For these programmes to be useful, care must be taken to avoid possible inbreeding. By using molecular paternity tests, you can determine the parents of a given offspring. They allow you to take the necessary measures to avoid mating close relatives.
Molecular paternity tests use microsatellite markers that are found all across the genome. These regions are inherited by the offspring so that one allele comes from the dam and the other one from the sire. Adults can be confirmed or excluded as parents by comparing their microsatellite genetic profiles with those of the offspring.
Have microsatellite markers been developed for your study species? If markers have not been developed, we can also provide this service.
How we work
Step 1: We isolate DNA from your samples. We have adapted different DNA isolation protocols, depending on the starting biological material.
Step 2: We amplify the microsatellite loci under study using fluorescently-labelled primer pairs.
Step 3: We run the labelled amplicons in the sequencer.
Step 4: We analyse the electropherograms and call the alleles observed at each locus.
Please contact us for further information and pricing.
What you receive
A report with a summary of the methods followed.
The raw electropherogram files.
The results of the bioinformatic analysis including a table with the alleles called at each locus in each individual, indicating which of the potential sires and dams examined can be excluded as parents.
If you require additional analyses, please let us know and we will do our best to meet your needs.
At no additional cost, our project specialists will be available to you after project delivery. We offer up to five 60-min sessions per project, depending on the project size.
What we need
Your samples appropriately preserved depending on the sample type (ethanol, silica gel, frozen, or another suitable preservation method). If required, we provide sampling kits and sampling collection guidelines to ensure that your samples arrive at our lab in optimal conditions.