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Genomic diversity

The level of diversity is considered an indication of health robustness.


The genetic diversity score is calculated from the DNA Identity profile and is compared to other animals of the same breed.

The value moves according to a scale. High values indicate a genome in which there is a higher proportion of different ancestors. Lower values indicate a lower proportion of different ancestors and mean less diversity.


To calculate the diversity value, we use the values of the STR marker we run for identity determination.

For measures to systematically improve the genetic diversity in a breed, the best information is gained by the DNA profile 'diversity' that comprises an extended set of 34 STR markers.