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Genome of fiercely protective Fonni's Dog reflects human history of Sardinia

(Genetics Society of America) A genomic analysis of 28 dog breeds has traced the history of the remarkable Fonni's Dog, a herd guardian endemic to Sardinia. The results reveal that the dog's ancestors came from the same geographic areas as Sardinia's human migrants. Just as Sardinian people have provided a wealth of genetic insights to scientists, the canine natives are an example of an isolated population that could prove a powerful resource for finding genes influencing health and behavior.
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