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Myoclonic Epilepsy Gene Discovered in Dogs

rhodesian ridgeback JME

A gene potentially linked to epilepsy has been discovered in dogs. A study investigated juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) in Rhodesian Ridgebacks in search of its genetic cause. The genome wide association study (GWAS) revealed DIRAS1 to be a strong candidate gene. The gene has previously been linked to neurotransmission, making it a good entry point for future research into myoclonic epilepsies. DNA testing …

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Is the English Bulldog One of the World’s Unhealthiest Breeds?

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The genetic diversity of the English Bulldog is now so limited it could be difficult to improve the health problems associated with the breed. Selective breeding of the English Bulldog for specific traits has been carried out by humans for many years. This has caused large changes in the genome of the Bulldog, which now put it at the top …

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Basic Dog Training Tips

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Dogs are wonderful companions. Bred for various reasons—sport, show, protection—dogs are above all bred to be loyal and loveable. They are much deeper creatures than we humans often give them credit for and are capable of exhibiting many human emotions. That said, dogs require quite a bit of training. Here are some dog training and puppy housebreaking tips to help …

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