A new test developed by Unistel Animal Services makes it possible to provide DNA profiles for individual ostriches. These results facilitate the idenitification of individual birds, but also the accurate breeding of chicks. This knowledge may help a beeder to make accurate selection decisions and identify specific lines for improved meat production and / or feather quality. Knowledge on the specific family trees also helps to decrease inbreeding and make breeding more effective.

DNA profile analysis makes it possible to combat theft of birds by matching birds to parents of meat to a specific individual. DNA profile analysis has also been used to match specific feathers to specific birds.

Sample requirements:
DNA can be extracted from blood, meat and feather shafts of freshly plucked feathers.
Blood samples should be taken in an EDTA tube (Lavender top).
Transport is at room temperature with no specific requirements.

Animal Genetics price list documents can here found here.

Dear valued supporters and suppliers

As the total effect of the COVID-19 lockdown becomes clear and the knock-on effect of this action is realized, Unistel Medical Laboratories has pro-actively put procedures in place to firstly ensure the absolute safety of staff and secondly to ensure the seamless continued functioning of the laboratory to provide essential diagnostic testing. No patient services, cytogenetic, Fluorescence in Situ Hybridization (FISH) and DNA testing can or will be compromised as this is an essential critical service. Staff will ensure services continue by working in non-overlapping shifts, keep social distance and completing as much analysis and reporting work electronically from home.

Unistel Medical Laboratories is committed to the huge effort to restrict the spread of COVID-19, but will also continue to provide essential world-class diagnostic and DNA testing services.

The veterinary diagnostic services will be continued on the same basis.

As all supporters will realize the turn-around time for results may be compromised slightly, but rest assured, Unistel Medical Laboratories will still do our level best to maintain timely service.