Ancient in dog years: NHGRI/Smithsonian to sequence what may be North America's oldest dog relics

From left: Elaine Ostrander (NHGRI), Klaus-Peter Koepfli (National Zoo), Brian Davis (NHGRI), Dennis Stanford (Smithsonian), and Eric Karlins (NHGRI). Photo credit: Brennan Dekker, NHGRI

From left: Elaine Ostrander (NHGRI), Klaus-Peter Koepfli (National Zoo), Brian Davis (NHGRI), Dennis Stanford (Smithsonian), and Eric Karlins (NHGRI). Photo credit: Brennan Dekker, NHGRI

Dr. E. Ostrander's research focuses on the study of genes important in growth regulation, and in particular their impact on diseases that affect canines and humans.  When Smithsonian archeologist Dr. Daniel Stanford attended a talk on canine (dog) genomics by NHGRI's Dr. Elaine Ostrander, he realized the potential of his collection of ancient dog bones to canine genome research. With new sequencing tools and techniques now available - and the complete sequence of the dog genome - both hope to unlock the secrets of this ancient dog DNA, perhaps the oldest in North America.This STUDY with ancient dog bones from the Smithsonian is now in process.

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