Sandy, the desert dingo needs your VOTE.
A proposal by a University of NSW scientist to study the DNA of a wild-born Australian desert dingo called Sandy has been announced as one of five finalists in the 'World's Most Interesting Genome' competition.
More than 200 International entries were received for the Pacific Biosciences SMRT Grant to sequence the complete genome of a particularly fascinating or important plant or animal.
Obtaining the genetic sequence of a wild-born pure dingo would be ground-breaking research and enhance the knowledge and understanding of the species and could potentially prevent extinction.
Sandy and her sister and brother were found as three-week old pups in the central Australian desert near the Strzelecki Track in 2014 by Barry and Lyn Eggleton, who have hand-raised and cared for them ever since.
The general public will decide the winner, and Sandy supporters are encouraged to vote Supporters can vote every 24 hours up until midnight 6 April.
To Vote copy link or find on Facebook "DancingwithDingoes"
'If funded this project would allow us to better understand the DNA changes between wolves and dingoes (unconscious selection) and dingoes and domestic dogs (artificial selection) for the first time.' says Prof Ballard from the UNSW School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences.
The Principle Investigators are:
Professor Bill Ballard, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Professor Claire Wade, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia