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Genetic Testing
New test to tackle degenerative neurological disease in beagles

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A GENETIC mutation that causes neonatal cerebellar cortical degeneration (NCCD) in beagles has been identified by researchers at the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust (AHT). A DNA test to identify dogs carrying the mutation has now been launched.

The discovery of the mutation was made possible by a beagle breeder, Jacqui Walton, who brought a four-week-old puppy to the AHT's Small Animal Centre. It was diagnosed with NCCD and, as there is no cure for the progressive condition, it was euthanased. Ms Walton donated its body to the AHT's research team in the …

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