Dog Friendliness Associated With Structural Variants in Genes Involved in Human Syndrome

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Researchers have traced the friendliness of dogs to structural variants affecting two genes linked to a human syndrome.

The genes fall in a region that has been linked to Williams-Beuren syndrome, a condition marked by hypersociability, delayed development, and cognitive impairment, among other traits. This suggested to the researchers that hypersociability might have been a key part of the dog domestication process.

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