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Health Agencies Update
June 18, 2003

Doggy DNA Has Its Day

JAMA. 2003;289(23):3080. doi:10.1001/jama.289.23.3080-a

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 analysis.