Camelid Identification System

100% Accurate DNA Markers

CIS Science Team

Michael Kirtland Skinner Ph.D (Reproductive Biology)
Michael Bishop Ph.D (Animal Genetics)
Jane Wheeler Ph.D (Conopa Camelid Genetics)
Cecilia Penedo Ph.D (UC Davis Genomic Research & Development)
Steve  Purdy Ph.D (Nunoa project)
Erin Weintraub student (Animal Genetics)

 Camelid Identification System, (CIS) Science Team directives:

CIS was established by breeders and scientists to create an efficient and cost effective data base program to allow for the collection of Camelid DNA for scientific research. It also allows breeders of Camelids the opportunity for access to affordable DNA validation of their breeding stock to help promote healthy and enduring breeds.

CIS is a science based, non-profit organization with the sole directive of creating stronger gene pools in all Camelid populations of the world. CIS will facilitate this through competitive, affordable and scientifically accurate DNA collection and verification. It also offers more advanced DNA testing and studies relating to purity and important genetic factors which will be facilitated via a world collective of Camelid scientists.

The objective of CIS is to work with existing breed organizations and registries that are more directly involved with individual breeders of these species. CIS will establish a science journal to communicate scientific knowledge and advancements in technologies as well as breeding and related subjects on camelids.

We have a direct interface with University of California Davis VGL (CIS) which DNA panel contains 17 markers and includes the 14 international STRs. These STR’s allow an important exchange in scientific records among laboratories, including those in Europe, for future need in Camelid studies and advancements. The VGL primary panel that is used to test your CIS samples includes fourteen markers. All fourteen markers are reported. This panel has been developed over the years to include markers that are highly polymorphic and thus, good for resolving parentage cases. When needed, we have a backup panel in place that includes another eleven markers (two more from the ISAG panel).

CIS has spent a great deal of time and funding to develop the most advanced and user-friendly data base program both for breeders and scientists to access for comparative studies. The CIS administrative team will work directly with the breeders and scientists as specific individuals or populations of individuals need to be located for further testing.

A collective database of all Camelid Species would allow Camelid scientists to draw from a valuable pool of world Camelid genetics. It would also facilitate the distribution of important genetic information to breeders and scientists alike, working in hand to support and promote the breed registries of all these breeds.

In addition, CIS will establish a funding program to help certify herds of wild and domestic species that are directly related to the research of camelids. Our Scientific Directors will review any new and ongoing research to allocate these funds as needed.

We are selecting a team of scientists to direct each Genus within the Camelid Family.

Tribe Lamini
Genus: Lama
Llama, Lama glama
Guanaco, Lama guanicoe
Genus: Vicugna
Vicuña, Vicugna vicugna
Alpaca, Vicugna pacos (previously categorized in genus Lama)
Tribe Camelini
Genus: Camelus
Dromedary, Camelus dromedarius
Bactrian Camel, Camelus bactrianus
Syrian Camel
Camelus gigas
Camelus hesternus
Camelus sivalensis

We invite all Camelid scientists to join the team of Science Directors of the Breeds of Camelids. Please contact us for more information on becoming a director or member of the team.