I have a general genetics question..and limited scientific leanings ;-)

Say you have 2 pups from 2 different bitches.. and they share the same stud. Can you tell if the stud is the true father? What if the questionable stud was related to the supposed father?

Would mtDNA be of any help?
Thanks..and keep it simple please
~misty
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I have a general genetics question..and limited scientific leanings ;-) Say you have 2 pups from 2 different bitches.. and ... you tell if the stud is the true father? What if the questionable stud was related to the supposed father?

Yes, you could have DNA samples taken from pups/Dad/supposed Dad. Related or not, they may share similar DNA traits, but their own DNA make-up will be unique.
Before the fact: http://www.vetdnacenter.com/canine-parentage-test.html Lots of Q&A: http://www.signagen.co.nz/dogs faqs.htm Shelly & The Boys
Would mtDNA be of any help?
mtDNA is passed only by the mother, so it would not help you determine if the pups both had the same father since offspring don't inherit any mtDNA from their fathers. Well, to be exact, it is possible that some very tiny amount of mtDNA is inherited from the father, but if that happens it isn't enough to matter. Or so they say.

Melanie Lee Chang > Form ever follows function. Departments of Anthropology and Biology >
University of Pennsylvania > Louis Sullivan (Email Removed) >
Thank you both, Melanie and Shelly.
The links were great and thanks also for the mtDNA info!

~misty
http://www.mistymage.com