To the left is a figure which illustrates the phylogenetic inferences from a new paper in Nature Communications, The genomics of selection in dogs and the parallel evolution between dogs and humans (see Carl Zimmer's coverage in The New York Times). Why is this paper important? The first thing that jumped out at me is... Read More
The Pith: Wolves and coyotes exhibit geographic population structure. The red wolf may "only" be a coyote with a minor admixture of wolf, instead of a "real species." I like dogs. For various structural reasons I am not able to live with a dog right now (not to mention the required investment of time &... Read More
A major issue in human genomics over the past few years has been the case of the "missing heritability". Roughly, we know that for many traits, such as height, most of the variation in the trait within the population is controlled by variation in the genes of the population. The height of your parents is... Read More
Since I see p-ter hasn't posted on this, in Science, Coat Variation in the Domestic Dog Is Governed by Variants in Three Genes:See ScienceDaily for summary. This will help us cure cancer! OK, probably not, but hopefully perhaps we might get toward understanding hair form beyond EDAR.