He has been with us for thousands of years; here is finally the whole sequence of the dog's DNA.
|Dogs have been differentiated from humans in dozens of breeds, all of which have a very similar genome.|
There is also Tasha. At the same time, even a US-funded company is trying to sequence the genome of a boxer, named Tasha, and publish the results at the end of the year or early next year. A boxer was chosen because the genetic variability of this breed of dog is very low.
The sequencing of the canine genome should allow to know in depth the structure of the various breeds, as for example because the collie is a good shepherd, or the hounds of Sant'Uberto are excellent "sniffers". Obviously the aim is also to reveal where the health problems of dogs hide, and to develop new breeds based on known characteristics and the presence of particular genes.
(News updated September 30, 2003)