My Village Dogs article was published in The Bark magazine this month (Summer, 2013).I interviewed biologist Adam Boyko, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, who is confident that comparing and contrasting the two branches of the domestic canine family tree will provide answers to some of the mysteries that continue to surround the evolution of the domestic dog. Curious about how the under appreciated and even less-studied village dog genome might reframe our current understanding of canine evolution, domestication, and companion dog health, Dr. Boyo's lab is collecting DNA samples from village dogs in the most remote parts of the world. Like classic twin studies that investigate the interplay of nature and nurture, comparing the genome of village dogs to modern dogs may help disentangle the long-term evolutionary effects of genetic and environmental influences.
|Photo: Julia Randall|
|Photo: Ryan Boyko|
Read the journal articles:
1) The genomics of selection in dogs and the parallel evolution between dogs and human, Nature Communications, May 14, 2013
2) Artificial selection on brain expressed genes during the domestication of dogs, Molecular Biology and Evolution, May 8, 2013
If you don't like big words read Village Dogs in the summer 2013 issue of The Bark. And if you don't subscribe to The Bark, you're missing the best dog magazine out there.