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How the dog got its spots

Differences among dog breeds provide unique opportunities for studying the genetics of behavior, morphology and complex disease. Two new studies demonstrate how the unique evolutionary history of domestic dogs is particularly well suited to analysis by genome-wide association.

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Figure 1: Genome-wide association in domestic dogs.

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Barsh, G. How the dog got its spots. Nat Genet 39, 1304–1306 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1038/ng1107-1304

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