Dogged Pursuit 2

Yesterday we embarked on a brief exploration of recent advances in studies of the dog genome. Today, BBC News reports succinctly on a study appearing in the journal BioMed Central which traces a gene common to all small breeds (IGF1) to its possible origin in Middle Eastern wolves. See Small Dog Middle East Gene Link.

The abstract of the article “The IGF1 Small Dog Haplotype is Derived from Middle Eastern Gray Wolves” appears here, and the 30-page provisional document here.

On a related topic, the Journal of Biology includes an intriguing 6-page article commenting on the Middle Eastern taming of wolves in Top Dogs: Wolf Domestication and Wealth.

Update: Also see Lapdogs are Middle Eastern in New Scientist.

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