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Why Use Dogs to Teach Genetics
Dogs are a GREAT model for teaching genetics. Why dogs you ask? These are just some of the reasons:
- Dogs share many gene-related disorders with people. Each breed is a closed reproductive population with distinct rates of heritable diseases, increasing the odds of finding disease-related loci.
- Dogs co-evolved with us. Researchers have found many gene changes associated with domestication of dogs ALSO changed as humans began growing crops and living in stable communities.
- How and where dogs originated has been hotly debated. Much of the evidence for different theories is based on evolutionary genetics.
- Dogs have easy to score phenotypes that can be traced to specific genes and proteins.
The photo problem above is just one of the resources available in our Resources Catalog. You will find:
- Guides to genes and alleles controlling how dogs look, and their diseases
- Written problem sets (with answer keys for registered instructors)
- Suggestions for using materials in classes
- Links to articles, pictures, news stories, research labs, videos, etc.
- Other stuff the dogs dragged in
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