Thursday, December 08, 2005

doggy dna

scientists have mapped the canine genome. according to an article in today's washington post points out the obvious fact that we are the most fascinating species on earth though, of course, it goes on to give credit to the naked apes.

In size, appearance and behavior, the dog is the most diverse species on Earth. It was the first animal domesticated from the wild, at least 15,000 years ago. Its many subspecies, or breeds, were sculpted by man, so it's no surprise that man should want to shine the illuminating light of genome science on his longtime companion.

when will they locate the naked ape hubris gene?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a thilling achievement, and it doesn't hurt that the prototype dog is a Boxer, the finest breed on Earth but also one plagued with genetic problems (boxer cardiomyopathy and cancers of all sorts for a start). Can you tell I am a Boxer owner? Now let's get to work on correcting these problems. In the meantime, PLEASE don't breed dogs known to have these issues, no matter how beautiful in the show ring.

11:27 AM  
Blogger wally said...

hi anonymous boxer friend,

some of my best friends are boxers. and i'm not just being funny (shout out to jake and annette!). i like bossing them around because they like bossing other dogs around. i am a meta-boss.

do you put your boxer's ears up? i don't get that. they're good looking beasts and so much fun.

as much as i love boxers, i should point out that nature's most nearly perfect beast IS the corgador. but i'm one of a kind so i'm not a very good prototype.

thanks for reading my blog. and for doing your part to care for higher beings (dogs/boxers).

11:38 AM  

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