DNA & Tissue Bank

Medical Genetics DNA Bank: Diversity Project

nataliaUnderstanding evolution and domestication in dogs requires genetic analysis of a global and diverse panel of non-breed-affiliated village dogs. With a network of worldwide and Cornell's Veterinarians, we plan to gather dog samples from remote villages, carry out genetic analysis on these samples, and develop computational methods for analyzing this dataset. In particular, we are interested in understanding the location, timing, and demographic conditions underlying domestication; the genetic changes involved in the transition of wolf to dog; the relationship between these village dogs and the breed dogs; and the effect that historical forces had in village dog diversity.

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