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BMC Biology

, 8:20

First Online: 09 March 2010Received: 01 March 2010Accepted: 09 March 2010


The increased battery of molecular markers, derived from comparative genomics, is aiding our understanding of the genetics of domestication. The recent BMC Biology article pertaining to the evolution of small size in dogs is an example of how such methods can be used to study the origin and diversification of the domestic dog. We are still challenged, however, to appreciate the genetic mechanisms responsible for the phenotypic diversity seen in -our best friend-.

AbbreviationsGFinsulin growth factor

mtDNAmitochondrial DNA

QTLquantitative trait locus

SNPnucleotide polymorphisms.

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Author: Rodney L Honeycutt

Source: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/1741-7007-8-20


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