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The institute of canine biology

Discussion in 'Doberman Breeders' started by FredC, Jun 6, 2016.

  1. FredC

    FredC Guest

    Ready to learn?

    You can learn about effective founders, Hardy-Weinberg, kinship coefficients, and all the rest in the ICB course Managing Genetics for the Future.


    Managing genetics for the future

    Carol Beuchat PhD
    Scientific Director
    Institute of Canine Biology

    Textbook required (see below)



    The biology of breeds
    • What is a breed?
    • What makes breeds different?
    • What does "purebred" mean?

    Assessing the genetic health of a breed
    • How large is the gene pool?
    • How inbred is the breed?
    • Are there subpopulations that are genetically distinct?
    • What is the effective population size?

    The benefits and costs of inbreeding
    • What is inbreeding depression?
    • Why is it important to balance the advantages and disadvantages of inbreeding?

    Genetic consequences of breeding strategies
    • Breeding for the litter vs breeding for the breed
    • How can you use inbreeding and line-crossing to protect genetic diversity?

    Fixing existing genetic problems and preventing new ones
    • Why most of the things breeders do about genetic problems make them worse

    Developing a plan for sustainable breeding
    • How can you meet your goals as a breeder while protecting health and longevity?
    • How can you protect the future of the breed?

    How long, how much?
    The course is approximately 10 weeks; fee is $125. After you register, you can sit in on the course again as many times as you want.

    How much time will it take?
    Generally there will be 3-5 hours of reading and homework exercises each week. You can work with the class or at your own pace. There is no class meeting time - materials will be available to you 24/7 through the course website.

    How will we meet?
    The course is held entirely online. We will have a private Facebook group where we can discuss and ask questions. You can live anywhere in the world; all you need is an internet connection.

    What do we need?
    Internet access to the course website, where you can access the reading each week and quizzes to test your comprehension.

    * Textbook required for the course:
    Sponenberg & Bixby 2007. Managing Breeds For A Secure Future.
    Order: paperback or pdf from Lulu.com - $22.95 for either, or as an iBook through iTunes -$10.99. Order the printed copy ASAP to have it by the time class starts.
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  2. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    I am qualified for a TAA program for mining related workers. I wonder if they'd cover something like this.
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  3. Dobie Wan Knobie

    Dobie Wan Knobie Hot Topics Subscriber $ Forum Donor $

    I post a lot of her work on my Doberman fb page, as it is important knowledge, but have yet to take one of the classes.

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