Study of Genetic Diseases in Dogs Informs Humans

DSC_0031Through a genetic analysis of 4,200 dogs, Cornell researchers led by biomedical sciences professor Adam Boyko, have investigated 180,000 genetic markers and taken a big step forward in mapping genes responsible for diseases in dogs. This study – the largest of its kind to date – ¬†improves understanding of human genetic diseases by examining similar canine diseases. Studying god genetics is “a useful and underused way to understand genetic diseases from a human perspective,” says Boyko.

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