This month, geneticists began teaching old dogs a new trick: revealing
their genome's secrets.
While not as simple as teaching Fido to fetch, the $50 million project
sponsored by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is expected
to proceed smoothly, as DNA sequencing has become remarkably routine. Not
just any dog will do, though. Researchers chose boxers because a pilot project
suggested that breed carries very little genetic variability, which will simplify
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