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They are two entirely different projects. The test you do through UCDavis measures diversity only. The DDP is a long term research project looking for areas of commonality in disease processes. So many have 'research fatigue' that DDP founders(who are Doberman folks) wanted to offer value for your money as well. Therefore you get a complete picture of your dog's genome, (homozygous and heterozygous across the entire genome) genetic COI(based on your dog's genetic makeup) PDK4, DM, vWD, and color. One test that no one expected to be of value is one that tests for a mutation on the gene that affects the production of ALT(a liver enzyme) turns out a lot of Dobes have at least one copy of the defect, which in itself isn't a terrible problem, but when reading blood labs, it's good to know that your dog may tend to run lower than average numbers as 'normal' for that dog. The founders of the project also felt that breeder tools would be essential, so to that end they've had the scientists and software gurus at Embark putting together a set of tools that should be ready for release in the next couple of weeks. So they are absolutely different projects, with different goals. The biggest difference is in the research aspect. UCDavis is not running any Doberman specific research on the data collected, DDP is, and is willing to share all data with any other group who is looking into Doberman health and longevity. I've participated in both, but in addition to gaining knowledge for myself, I absolutely want to support research into the long term improvement of health and vitality in the breed.