SARAH BLOTT, B.Sc, M.Sc, Ph.D Department of Genetics, Centre for Preventive Medicine,
Animal Health Trust, Lanwades Park, Kentford, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 7UU
ìDr. Sarah Blott is a Research Group Leader at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) and is interested in the
development of breeding schemes for companion animals that combine state-of-the-art knowledge in
quantitative genetics with molecular genetic markers. She has a M.Sc. in Animal Breeding and a PhD in
Quantitative Genetics, completed at the Roslin Institute (Edinburgh).î
Highlights of presentation:
- Advises that presentation is to talk about ìhow to breed away from genetic diseases. Says that they
believe the disease (CM/SM) has a genetic basis.
- The 2 year Project is funded by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust (UK) and intend to look at 2 breeds;
the Labrador Retriever, because it has good hip dysplasia records and the Cavalier King Charles
Spaniel for Syringomyelia.
- Both are examples of complex diseases, are multifactorial and that we are not going to have a single
gene DNA test.
- Discusses persons she will be working with (Tom Lewis, a quantitative geneticist and Prof. John
Williams, a world expert in designing breeding schemes). Says they hope to come up with
recommendations and strategies to enable us to breed away from the disease (SM).