12 August 2010

Dogs' Features Set By a Handful of Genetic Regions: Study

Finding may eventually help scientists better understand inherited physical traits in humans

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"Understanding the genetic bases of complex traits in humans is difficult because many different genes can influence a particular trait. Having model systems, such as mice and dogs, is critical for making sense of the biology," co-author Carlos Bustamante, a professor of genetics at Stanford University in California, explained in a university news release. "Dogs are a fantastic model system since they complement mouse and human genetics."


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