OFA /University of Missouri DNA DM Test Designations
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There have been no long term studies conducted of the OFA/University of Missouri DM DNA Test to validate the designated status of tested dogs or the validity of the test, itself! Dogs declared *Clear* by the test have been found to have Degenerative Myelopathy (aka DM) upon necropsy, as well as *Carriers*, who are not supposed to develop DM, but possibly pass it on to the next generation.
The type of DM this test is researching does not involve sensory loss. The type of Degenerative Myelopathy developed by German Shepherd Dogs involves total sensory loss. This research has thrown the German Shepherd Dog Breed under the bus, as no research money is going towards German Shepherd Dog Myelopathy, but funneled to the ONE project being promoted by the OFA. Diagnostic test results for the different types of DM between various breeds are polar opposites, and sadly, those facts are simply being ignored. Different diseases cannot be lumped into one category and called the same disease, for convenience, when they are in fact, very different diseases in both course and presentation.
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