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Cross-breeding Has Muddled Genetic Link Between Modern And Ancient Dogs
2012-05-22 09:22:43

Brett Smith for RedOrbit.com The breeding of domestic dogs over thousands of years has made it extremely difficult to trace the genetic roots of man´s best friend, according to a new study led by researchers at Durham University in the U.K. The research team set out to trace the origins of canine domestication, hoping to find a genetic link back to those animals pictured on the walls of Egyptian tombs or Roman ruins. Unfortunately, the genetic pool has been so muddled that they...

2011-03-18 14:49:34

An international investigation has uncovered the genetics of the Shar-Pei dog's characteristic wrinkled skin. The researchers, led by scientists at Uppsala University and the Broad Institute, have connected this mutation to a periodic fever disorder and they propose that the findings could have important human health implications. Details appear on March 17 in the open-access journal PLoS Genetics. Purebred dogs are selected for defined physical features, and the inadvertent enrichment for...

2010-01-14 12:15:48

Genes are being tested for roles in most conspicuous variations among dogs From the Dachshund's stubby legs to the Shar-Pei's wrinkly skin, breeding for certain characteristics has left its mark on the dog genome. Researchers have identified 155 regions on the canine genome that appear to have been influenced by selective breeding. With more than 400 distinct breeds, dogs come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, fur-styles, and temperaments. The curly-haired toy poodle, small enough to sit in a...

2010-01-14 08:27:47

Scientists believe they have the answer to why the Chinese Shar-pei dog breed has a wrinkled appearance. In the analysis of ten pedigree dog breeds, scientists have discovered 155 unique locations in the animals' genetic code that may play a role in giving a dog its distinct appearance. In the Shar-pei, researchers found differences in the HAS2 gene which makes an enzyme known to be important in the production of skin. Joshua Akey, from the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of...

2009-06-26 15:48:59

Organizers of this year's World's Ugliest Dog Contest in California said this year's entries include 15 aesthetically challenged canines. The contestants include 2002 champion Rascal, a purebred Chinese Crested from Sunnyvale, Calif., and other returning contenders Princess Chelsea of Fairfield, Calif., and Reggie and Veronica of Phoenix. Newcomers to the contest include a Pleasanton, Calif., Shar Pei named Mojo; a boxer named Pabst from Citrus Heights, Calif; a Santa Rosa, Calif., German...

Latest Shar Pei Reference Libraries

2008-09-06 21:09:14

The Shar-Pei is a breed of dog from China which is distinguished by its deeply wrinkled face and blue-black tongue. The breed was originally bred in China's southern provinces in order to herd cattle, guard homes, and hunt wild pigs and other such game. It was later used for dog fighting. The breed may have similar origins to the Chow-Chow, the Great Pyrenees and the Tibetan Mastiff. The breed was virtually wiped out following the establishment of the Peoples' Republic of China as a...

2008-07-13 22:22:58

The Sapsali is a Korean breed of dog which was traditionally thought to chase away spirits and ghosts. Its name, translated, means just that. The work of the breed is said to be spiritual rather than physical. The breed is medium sized and resembles various herding-type breeds. It is slightly longer than it is tall. The coat of the breed covers its eyes, as it is long and plentiful. It can be various shades of black, brown, gray, red, orange, or yellow. The breed is a gentle, loyal breed;...

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  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.