NEW GENETIC STUDY MAY EXPLAIN WHY SOME HUMANS ACT LIKE DOGS

Same gene causes albinism in dogs and humans
Same gene causes albinism in dogs and humans

Detroit, Michigan (The Adobo Chronicles) – Ever wondered why some humans act like dogs? The answer seems to be in the genes.

A new study finds that certain dogs, just like certain humans, carry a gene mutation that causes albinism — a condition that results in little or no pigment in the eyes, skin and hair.

The study by researchers at Michigan State University identifies the exact genetic mutation that leads to albinism in Doberman pinschers, a discovery that has eluded veterinarians and dog breeders until now. Interestingly, the same mutated gene that causes albinism in this dog breed is also associated with a form of albinism in humans.

While the study was limited to the ‘albino gene,’ many behavioral scientists were quick to conclude that dogs are not only humans’ best friend; humans and dogs share a generic makeup that explains why dogs act like humans ans humans act like dogs.

Encouraged by this new genetic study, researchers from major scientific institutions are embarking on follow up studies aimed at identifiying other genes shared by humans and dogs.

We may soon find new meaning, and truth, to the human expeession, ‘wag the dog.’

 

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