Is the kindness of the dogs in their DNA?

 
Related

6 things that happen to your body when you don t have sex for a while

About pets
268 points

The perfect diet for your fat cat!

About pets
342 points



Most recent

I Was So Confused When I Saw Him Cutting A Pint Of Ice Cream. Now I Want To Try It Myself!

Viral things
516 points

Guys, if your CV is in Times New Roman you're doing it all wrong

Stuff
544 points

The 'Paralyzed Bride' Welcomes Baby Via Surrogate

Sam Sam
346 points

Good-looking men are less likely to succeed in job interviews because they re seen as a threat

Lots of things
248 points

In Successful Cancer Trial, Therapy "Dissolves" Stage IV Tumor in 3 Weeks

Good News
1338 points
SHARE
TWEET
According to a recent scientific study led by Bridgett M. von Holdt, of the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University, this is completely true.

Is the kindness of the dogs in their DNA?

The research shed light on the reasons that would explain the well-known and adorable kindness of the dogs, which places them as one of the most loyal and popular pets in the world, and draws them away from their unfriendly predecessor -the wolf-, a behavioral divergence little explored to date.

According to the scientists, the pronounced sociability of dogs is due to a genetic mutation similar to that which characterizes Williams-Beuren syndrome (WBS), an uncommon human genetic disorder - it is presented, according to the calculations, in one of every 20 thousand births- which has as one of its symptoms hyperssociability.

"We found that hyperssociability, a central feature of WBS, is also a fundamental element of domestication that distinguishes dogs from wolves.

We provide evidence that structural variants in GTF2I and GTF2IRD1, genes previously implicated in the behavioral phenotype of patients with this syndrome, are also present in dogs and contribute to their extreme sociability. This finding suggests that there are common features in the genetic architecture of WBS and canine domesticity, and that directional selection (a type of natural selection) may have targeted a unique set of behavioral genes of great phenotypic effect, allowing rapid divergence behavior between dogs and wolves and facilitating their coexistence with humans ", the scientists indicate, in the article published in July 2017 in Science Advances.

Fuente: www.4patas.com.co
SHARE
TWEET
To comment you must log in with your account or sign up!
Featured content