January 15, 2005 (Vol. 25, No. 2)
Strong Points: Interesting topic
Weak Points: No sequences
Is there any species on earth with such amazing diversity of size, shape, color, intelligence, and demeanor as that of our canine friends? From Chihuahuas to Great Danes, dogs are probably the best examples on Earth of the effects of selective breeding over time. Domesticated for probably as long as any species, dogs are not only man’s best friends, they are probably the best systems we have for studying the effects of domestication, selective breeding, and phenotypic diversity. Hosted at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) [formerly hosted at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC)], the Dog Genome Project is a site aimed at researchers that provides everything from genetic linkage maps to protocols, links, and references. While I was disappointed in not discovering sequences at the site, the other material is most welcome.