Tasha, the boxer whose DNA was sequenced. Read all Cited text from Canadian Broadcast News
“Each breed is a separate population, which makes it easier for researchers looking for how canines can be predisposed to diseases such as cancer, heart disease, cataracts, epilepsy, blindness and deafness.

Geneticist Kerstin Lindblad-Toh and a team of researchers at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge sequenced the 2.4 billion letters of DNA from a female boxer named Tasha.

The team also took DNA samples from 10 other breeds to find tiny genetic differences called single nucleotide polymorphisms that could help in the search for causes of genetic disease.

The findings could also help scientists to understand embryonic development, neurobiology, and the basis of evolution, said Eric Lander, a senior author of the paper.”

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