DNA Study Unlocks Mystery to Diverse Traits In Dogs
Squaw Valley, CA (PRWEB) August 14, 2008
A tiny Chihuahua and a rambunctious Labrador don't seem to have too much in common. And sure, just like people, no two dog are alike - but why? TailsByTheLake.com reports that scientists have found that they have uncovered gene locations in canine DNA that contribute to the behavior variations present among different dog breeds. Turns out they may not be so different, after all.
In the ScienceDaily article, "DNA Study Unlocks Mystery to Diverse Traits In Dogs", geneticists at the National Human Genome Research Institute, the University of Utah, Sundowners Kennels in Gilroy, California and Mars' Waltham Center for Pet Nutrition in the UK, studied genetic markers called Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms, or SNPs, in dogs to find why certain breeds had certain behaviors.
Paul G. Jones, PhD, Mars Veterinary researcher, and co-author of the study, feels this research can greatly benefit dogs and their owners.
"This exciting breakthrough, made possible by working with leaders in canine genetics, is helping us piece together the canine genome puzzle which will ultimately translate into potential benefit for dogs and their owners," says Jones in the ScienceDaily article.
The scientists worked with 13,000 dog DNA samples and identified "hot spots" within the canine genome to uncover which specific genes determine different physical and behavior characteristics. Jones finds this research may also help with dog training and matching the right dog with their future owners.
"Pet owners and veterinarians may be able to develop better care regimes based on this knowledge. In addition, genetic information about behavioral traits, such as trainability and temperament, could also help veterinarians identify the most lifestyle-appropriate pet for an owner, " notes Jones.
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