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08 December 2005

Well No Wonder Dogs Look Just Like Their Owners

The genome of the domestic dog has been sequenced!
Scientists are publishing today the complete DNA sequence that makes a dog a dog, and it turns out to be uncannily close to what makes a person a person..."It's basically the same gene set in dogs and humans"
Surely then this must spell doom for the myth of biologically distinct species?
Dogs attract keen research interest in part because of their astounding variety of sizes, physical forms, coat colors and, of course, behavioral traits. If some of these variations can be traced to genes, results may shed light on more subtle variability in other species, including humans.
Or not so subtle. Dogs are amazingly varied, primarily due to their being purposely bred to be different by humans. The only other animal so heavily influenced by human intentions in mating behavior is, of course, man. And what do you know? Humanity also displays an astounding variety of sizes, physical forms, skin colors and, of course, behavioral traits.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This type of information is both scary and dangerous. All research in this vein should be immediately squelched. It must be the product of faulty technique; otherwise, all those newspaper and magazine articles telling us that we're all the same would be invalidated. And we KNOW that can't be the case.

December 09, 2005 12:33 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

I know...and in the San Francisco Chronicle no less. Can't they spot a planted story? The Pioneer Fund is getting cleverer by the day.

December 09, 2005 12:56 PM  

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