In order to prepare a DNA pedigree certificate a DNA profile is made of the father, the mother and the offspring, on the basis of which the kinship is either or not confirmed. Once the DNA profile is in our database, no more DNA of this bird/pigeon has to be sent to us again for a new pedigree certificate (e.g. of new offspring).
The ISAG (International Society for Animal Genetics) made a marker panel with 16 ‘short tandem repeat’ (STR) loci (= microsatellite markers). In this way, the data on which DNA profiles are based is interchangeable between the different laboratories using this marker panel.
Kinship testing can be carried out using feather or blood samples. For the kinship analysis, about 10 feathers, pulled from the bird’s chest, are needed. Upon completion of the test, you will receive a certificate with the result of the analysis.