Largest dog genetic study informs human diseases

By identifying important genes and proteins in dogs for diseases and traits, researchers may then test those homologous genes in people.

Cornell researchers have completed the largest genetic study of dogs to date, comprising the genetic analysis of 4,200 dogs.

The study investigated 180,000 genetic markers — DNA sequences with a known physical location on a chromosome. Such markers can help link an inherited disease with the responsible gene.

The study, published Jan. 22 in the journal Nature Communications, is

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