Owning a dog may be in your genes
May 29, 2019If you consider yourself a dog person, turns out this particular preference may come down to your DNA. A study on the heritability of dog ownership has found a person’s genetic makeup strongly impacts whether they choose to get a dog. This is according to a team of Swedish and British scientists who used information from 35,035 twin pairs from the Swedish Twin Registry as the basis of their study. Researchers compared the genetic …
Study proves gene editing in pigs can prevent virus infection
October 24, 2018A team of researchers from the University of Missouri (MU), Kansas State University (KSU), and biotechnology company, Genus plc, have successfully produced a litter of pigs genetically resistant to a deadly porcine virus through gene editing.
Is a cure for IMHA near?
May 3, 2018The image of a straight line neatly sums up the frustration of treating dogs afflicted with immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA), according to Andrew Mackin, BVMS, DVSc, FANZCVSc, DACVIM, professor and head of the Department of Clinical Sciences at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Researchers seek genetic keys to canine behavior
January 17, 2017Two start-up companies are embarking on what they call the world’s largest canine behavioral genetics study. Finding out what makes dogs tick is a joint effort between Embark Veterinary, a canine DNA-testing service based in Austin, Texas, and Dognition, an online platform for assessing canine cognition.
Study: Lack of genetic diversity leaves fate of English bulldogs uncertain
August 4, 2016A new study by University of California, Davis researchers shows that English bulldogs, a breed prone to a number of congenital health problems, have been so overbred that their genetic pool may now be too small to make much-needed health improvements.