Saturday, August 02, 2008

Mutts decoded

DNA tests sort out canine family history

By Billy Baker
Boston Globe Correspondent / August 2, 2008

For mutt owners, the guessing game has come to an end. Science has stepped in with the answer to the elusive question "What kind of dog is that?"

New DNA tests, which range in cost from $55 to $200, promise to identify the breeds present in a dog's genetic soup.

Billed as a way to satisfy curiosity and to help veterinarians watch out for breed-specific ailments, the tests are also providing a dose of humility for animal specialists who now realize how bad they have been at guessing a dog's breed mix.

Read the rest of the Boston Globe article here...

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