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Name: Kaitlin Marie C.
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Age: 17
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Date: January 2004

Have scientists been successful in establishing genetic markers in different dog breeds, in order to show differences in dog breeds at a molecular level?

Yes! There is an ongoing Dog Genome Project. Different dog breeds have different personalities as well as some inherited diseases that are specific to a breed. The scientists of the canine genome project are working to identify genetic markers linked to behaviors and diseases found specifically in dogs. See the following links for more info.

Christine Ticknor, Ph.D.
Case Western Reserve University

The Dog Genome Project is alive and well! Yes, they are finding some interesting markers in dogs and also finding that dogs and humans share many genes. Dogs are being used as model organisms in the search for disease genes. It turns out that dogs suffer from some of the same diseases humans do and that we have the same markers. Very fascinating stuff. I am not sure if they have gotten to the point where they can identify breeds purely at the molecular level. Just like humans, dogs are all one species and there is not much variety between breeds. There are no markers that can purely distinguish one race of human from another, and I am not sure there are for dogs.


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