Canine Genes

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine researchers have completed the largest genetic study of dogs, investigating 180,000 genetic markers that can help link inherited disease with the responsible gene.

The study, published in Nature Communications, is a big step towards efficiently mapping genes responsible for complex disease in dogs. Areas were identified association with hip and elbow dysplasia, Idiopathic epilepsy, lymphoma, mast cell tumours and granulomatous colitis, plus genes that influence size, fur length and shedding.