28 Jun '18, 5pm

How did dogs evolve from wolves into pets?

How did dogs evolve from wolves into pets?

Whether he's little and fluffy or gargantuan and sleek, your dog is your pal. He shares your home (and maybe even your bed). He's a member of your family. But dogs were once wolf-like, wild animals. How did they evolve into man's best friend? There's been a lot of research about canine domestication, but when Amanda Pendleton, Ph.D., a postdoctoral research fellow in the Michigan Medicine Department of Human Genetics, was reviewing some current studies, she noticed something unusual. In some places, the DNA of modern dogs doesn't seem to match DNA from ancient dogs. Pendleton and her colleagues are working to understand the dog genome to answer questions in genome biology, evolution and disease. Their latest work is published in the journal BMC Biology . "We convinced ourselves that previous studies found many genes not associated with being a dog but with being a breed do...

Full article: https://www.mnn.com/family/pets/stories/how-dogs-evolve-w...

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