Val, I agree it is very interesting research and could be very significant. However, and you probably already know what I’m going to say, we’re talking about labrador retrivers here. The hands down most popular breed in the world (I believe). Literally hundreds of thousands are born on this continent alone every year. Maybe 1/10th of the breeding stock have any health tests at all.
I could see this having a real practical application if we were talking about my breed or yours , I hate to say it, but the labrador retriever, as a whole, is doomed. Dedicated breeders who perform health tests ,and include this one, can and hopefully will save the breed but will it be able to maintain the numbers it now has? no way.
What do you think?