We're members of the R&D team at Wisdom Panel, here to talk about how advances in pet DNA testing can help you provide the best possible care for your furry family members. Ask us anything!
We're part of the Wisdom Panel R&D team of geneticists and veterinarians. (If you don't know already, Wisdom Panel makes dog and cat DNA tests for both pet parents and for breeders).
Two years ago, we recruited leading experts in population genetics from 23andMe and Ancestry. And right away, this crew began assembling reference datasets, running experiments, and building algorithms that would result in the most accurate dog breed detection system.
Powered by the world's biggest breed database (>21,000 samples), this new breed detection system can analyze 40x more genetic data points per sample. And based on rigorous and controlled testing using thousands of known purebred samples, it's over 98% accurate—the most accurate available.
In fact, benchmarking tests using mixed-breed samples showed our breed detection system's error rate was consistently 2-4x lower than the industry standard. It's also 1,140x more efficient and will only improve over time.
Ultimately, this means Wisdom Panel can now scan your pup's DNA for more breeds than any competitor and give you the most accurate answers about their ancestry. We're excited to answer any questions you have about the science behind this industry milestone and what it means for modern pet care. So, ask away!
-- Becca, Dan, Jason, and Casey (members of the Wisdom Panel R&D team, bios below)
Becca Foran, head of R&D at Wisdom Panel
Bio: After earning my PhD in genomics from Oxford University, I spent a decade building products that helped women make informed health choices based on their genetics and clinical metrics. Now at Wisdom Panel, I lead a team of data scientists, veterinarians and geneticists building the world's most accurate pet DNA tests.
Ask me about: Lessons coming from human DNA to pet DNA.
Dan Garrigan, senior scientist of population genetics at Wisdom Panel
Bio: After gaining my PhD in biology, I studied human population genetics as a postdoctoral fellow at both the University of Arizona and Harvard University. Before joining Wisdom Panel in 2020, I worked at Ancestry as a senior scientist in population genetics.
Ask me about: Building the world's most accurate breed detection system.
Jason Huff, senior scientist of computational biology at Wisdom Panel.
Bio: After earning a PhD from the University of California, San Francisco, I studied genomics as a postdoctoral fellow and later ran a computational core facility at the University of California, Berkeley. Before joining Wisdom Panel in 2020, I worked at Ancestry as a staff scientist in bioinformatics.
Ask me about: Applying the latest genomic science to improve pet lives.
Casey Knox, manager of veterinary genetics at Wisdom Panel.
Bio: After receiving my doctorate of veterinary medicine (DVM) degree from Oregon State University, I practiced in both small animal and mixed animal hospitals until joining Wisdom Panel in 2013. These days, I contribute to research and collect data from pet parents through sample curation and community science. I take special interest in the human-animal bond, immune and endocrine disease, and behavior.
Ask me about: Dog and cat breeds and how pet parents can help in genetic research.
EDIT: Thank you for all the questions! We're answering them as fast as we can :) and adding proof so you know who we are
EDIT 2 @ 4:45 p PT: WOW. These questions have been great and we're having so much fun getting to chat with all of you! We're going to sign off in a bit for the weekend, but please keep the questions coming and we will answer the rest on Monday/early next week!
EDIT 3 Monday 10/18: We are answering remaining questions as we're able -- just want to say thank you so much and we hope to do this all again soon! If you want to keep in touch with us, you can follow us on Instagram and/or sign up for our emails & newsletter (at the bottom of the homepage)! 🐾🧬