Friday, July 17, 2009

How Perfection is Created




Look what I found on the internets! From genome.gov:

Researchers Discover Evolutionary Event Underlying the Origin of Dachshunds, Other Dogs With Short Legs

This is great news since it gives hope to all you dogs with horribly deformed long legs that perhaps someday we will find a cure for gangly limbs and save future generations from your meaningless, tall existences:

Bethesda, Md., Thurs., July 16, 2009 — A single evolutionary event appears to explain the short, curved legs that characterize all of today's dachshunds, corgis, basset hounds and at least 16 other breeds of dogs, a team led by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health, reported today. In addition to what it reveals about short-legged dogs, the unexpected discovery provides new clues about how physical differences may arise within species and suggests new approaches to understanding a form of human dwarfism.

In a study published in the advance online edition of the journal Science, the researchers led by NHGRI's Elaine Ostrander, Ph.D., examined DNA samples from 835 dogs, including 95 with short legs. Their survey of more than 40,000 markers of DNA variation uncovered a genetic signature exclusive to short-legged breeds. Through follow-up DNA sequencing and computational analyses, the researchers determined the dogs' disproportionately short limbs can be traced to one mutational event in the canine genome - a DNA insertion - that occurred early in the evolution of domestic dogs.



Together Sam and I could create a species of SUPERDOGS! They will just be giant heads and pot bellies with feet! Scienterrific!

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11 Comments:

Blogger dewdana said...

Moose interpreted that article to indicate that you shorty pups are mutant dwarfs! (I think he was a tad insulted by the gangly remark ;-) )
moose + Dana

6:24 PM  
Blogger Gus said...

Hey. We think a little terrier thrown in there somewhere would not be amiss.

gussie

7:00 PM  
Blogger Ike said...

What about smushed faces?
Ike

9:09 PM  
Blogger Joe Stains said...

You should totally do it, and I agree with Gus, just a drop of terrier.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What about a fluffy tail?

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

10:50 PM  
Blogger Brownie said...

Wow! You guys are super mutants... are you going to take over the world?

3:29 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

We could contribute curly hair.

7:37 PM  
Blogger Patience-please said...

Oh. Um. Oh yikes.
See, Walleye, see it would be like the notion of hating food to you. Kind of beyond terror into the realm of abject horror.
Our legs are more important to us than um eating.
But we love you buddy!!!! Room for all types in this great world. Let us keep our long legs and we'll give you all this raw crap the servant is trying to kill us with.
Deal?

wags from the puke, squirt whippets

1:06 PM  
Blogger Woodrow, Sweetie, MJ Campanella said...

some terrier - and fluffy tail - short legs - big egg heads too

Woodrow Sweetie & MJ

9:05 AM  
Blogger The Brat Pack said...

We're gonna rule the world!!

Can we rule the world from your house, I'm tired of living here.

Samantha

11:43 AM  
Blogger The Great Rock Eater said...

Short legged dogs rule!!!!!!

3:00 PM  

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