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Link to Genetic Disease in Dogs

As each breed represents a closed population, this substantially simplifies the study of otherwise complex traits, meaning that the dog is a now valuable model organism for geneticists.
For Beagles in particular – historically the breed most widely used in scientific experiments – it appears that humans could now be a dog’s best friend: the causative genes involved in the etiology of this disease were first identified in a related disorder in humans, greatly facilitating the hunt for its canine ortholog. Research like this now leads the way in permanently breeding inherited disorders out of the hound.