Pigs to Be Genotyped to Improve Selection and Breeding for Pancreatic Islet Cell Research
Cutting-edge DNA testing technology provided by GeneSeek Inc.
GeneSeek will take samples from Spring Point Project’s pigs to genotype for over 60,000 DNA markers using the new Infinium HD Porcine SNP60 Bead Chip from Illumina, Inc. (
“We are thrilled to donate our genotyping services in support of Spring Point Project’s charitable efforts to improve care and find a cure for type 1 diabetes,” says Daniel Pomp, PhD, co-founder and Chief Science Officer of GeneSeek. “We are very impressed by the synergistic nexus between agricultural and biomedical research represented by Spring Point Project and are excited to help them apply state-of-the-art genomic tools to advance their important work.”
Spring Point Project operates a biosecure facility, known as the Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation (DRWF) Islet Resource Facility, where high-health, ‘medical-grade’ source pig donors are produced. The Schulze Diabetes Institute at the
“We have known since the founding of our herd that we have captured the high islet yield characteristic in our animals. Use of the state-of-the-art Infinium HD PorcineSNP60 BeadChip technology to link specific genetic profiles with this characteristic will allow us to further refine our
selection and breeding program to provide an unlimited source of pig islet cells to accelerate the availability and affordability of islet transplantation to cure diabetes,” says
Currently, several litters of second generation piglets are being raised at the DRWF Islet Resource Facility operated by Spring Point Project. These pigs are the first pigs in the facility which can serve as donors of islet cells suitable for transplantation in diabetes patients. The first clinical trials are slated to begin within one year.
Established in 1998 with headquarters in
About Spring Point Project
Spring Point Project is a nonprofit organization with the mission to provide an unlimited source of pig islet cells to accelerate the availability and affordability of islet transplantation to cure diabetes. Spring Point Project and the Schulze Diabetes Institute at the
The Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation (DRWF), a not-for-profit worldwide network based in
The Ryan Companies US, Inc., a leading national commercial real estate firm led by third-generation family members, is another major donor to Spring Point Project.
Schulze Diabetes Institute at the
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