Complex disease and phenotype mapping in the domestic dog

Domestic dogs are becoming very important in medical research, especially in genetics. They are helping us learn more about cancer and bone diseases. In the researcher's recent study, they examined the genes of over 4,200 dogs, using a large number of genetic markers.
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They found genes linked to several diseases in dogs, like hip and elbow problems, epilepsy, certain types of cancer, and bowel disease. They also found genes that affect a dog's size, fur length, and shedding.

Their study shows that we don't need as many samples to find important disease genes in dogs as we do in humans. This is helpful because many dog diseases are similar to human diseases, and studying them can be easier and faster.

Read the full study here:

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