Camelid Identification System

100% Accurate DNA Markers

CIS launches new website

The Camelid Identification System (CIS) launches its new website. This website will help breeders of all Camelids, including alpacas, llamas, camels, vicuñas, and guanacos, profile the DNA of their animals with the most reliable set of DNA markers available today.

Many of the DNA markers were discovered by Dr. Jane Wheeler who studies of ancient South American Camelids lead to the identification and purity of many domestic south American Camelids both present today and those bred during the pre-Columbian times directly to their wild ancestors; the vicuna and guanaco. In this discovery it was realized how much hybridization of these species has taken place globally and the importance of protecting the wild and pure domesticated species.

CIS mission is to provide a data base to achieve this very goal along with providing other valuable collective DNA data for the science and advancements of the Camelid breeds.

CIS has teamed up with UC Davis’s Veterinarian Genetics Laboratory (VGL) in order to re-establish to re-implement a non-profit, science-based DNA typing system. VGL is considered to be the leading animal DNA parentage verification laboratory in the world. Fewer than 1 in 10,000,000 errors occur in DNA samples recorded through VGL for hair follicle DNA typing. VGL is widely used by many breed registries for the same purpose.

CIS is an identification system, not a breed organization and/or marketing registry. This system is state-of-the-art and will help breeders make decisions in their programs according to DNA specifics of the animals profiles. The system will also provide a quick and reliable source for verifying parentage. CIS brings a new pillar of scientific strength to all Camelid breeders with accurate and reliable results.