Archive for the ‘breeding’ Category

Selection and dog breeds

So, I own a pocket wolf… Oh, OK, I own a little black mini-poodle. But, like all dogs, he has the same number of chromosomes as a wolf! There’s been several articles posted recently about the evolution of domestic dogs. While we’ve t…

Scientists scope out suitable habitats for New Zealand sea lions

A recent study identifies promising new breeding sites on the Otago Peninsula and the Catlins coast for New Zealand sea lions. Researchers have prioritised the identification and protection of potential breeding habitats for recolonisation along the So…

Bull fertility may hinge on gene diversity

PENN STATE (US) — In trying to understand dwindling fertility rates in cattle, researchers find the Y chromosomes of cattle have far more genes than other mammals. This discovery may help biologists better understand how cattle and other mammals evo…

Team cracks open watermelon genome

UC DAVIS / CORNELL (US) — Scientists have reported the watermelon genome sequence, which could lead to tastier, heartier, more nutritious fruit, as well as a better understanding of the plant vascular system. The genome of the domesticated watermelon…

Mutation may give horses a winning gait

TEXAS A&M (US) — A  specific gene mutation in horses that affects their ability to use alternate gaits is strongly related to racing performance, particularly with harness racing, research shows.In domestic horses, the mutation has had a major i…

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