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Saturday, April 07, 2007

Researchers Identify Gene Involved in Dog Size

Dog sizes
According to the photo database, that's a Chihuahua(?) and an Irish Wolfhound

Researchers identify gene involved in dog size (Check out the article)
"An international team led by researchers from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has identified a genetic variant that is a major contributor to small size in dogs. The findings appear in the April 6, 2007 issue of the journal Science.

“The identification and characterization of a key genetic variant that accounts for differences in dog size is particularly exciting because the underlying gene is present in all dogs and other diverse species, including humans,” said Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D., scientific director of the NHGRI Division of Intramural Research. “Discoveries like this illustrate the exciting promise of genomics research for understanding the inheritance of a wide range of traits, including those that have an impact on health and disease.”"

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Semavi Lady woofed at @ 4/07/2007 08:12:00 AM | Permanent link | (2) Comments

Blogger carina sent us a woof // April 08, 2007

That is an absolutely hysterical photo! Good article too. Implications for cancer control in humans....
I don't know how to put hyperlinks in comments, but here's a photo of Cooper (100lbs, give or take) and Mikey (2.5lbs, I think.)
Happy easter!
http://pets.webshots.com/photo/1164401793041397343AdOogh   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // April 09, 2007

Funny! Mikey is tiny if he's that small. Wow! Nice complement of tanpoints :)

If Mikey had more hair and drop ears, he could be a toy version of Cooper. LOL   

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