The sample collection in Göttingen is so important because it is essential during the Start/Screening phase to exclude any influences of substances released during tissue degradation (as expected, for example, as a result of sample storage at refrigerator or, worse yet, room temperature).

In Göttingen the two collected biopsies are immediately shock-frozen and stored at -80C. As an alternative for owners of SA affected dogs living abroad or far away from Göttingen in Germany we suggest the following procedure:

Express shipment to Göttingen in a Styrofoam cooler with either reusable ice packs ("blue ice") or even better dry ice.

The required receptacle for 2 tissue samples and 2 tubes for 2 ml EDTA-stabilize direct blood are available at every veterinarian.