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March 22 – Dr. Elaine Ostrander Genes Wagging the Tail: Genetics of Complex Traits in Domestic Dogs
Elaine Ostrander, PhD is an American geneticist at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland She holds a number of professional academic appointments, currently serving as senior scientist and head of the NHGRI Section of Comparative Genomics. She is known for her research on prostate cancer and for conducting genetic investigations with the Canis familiaris, the domestic dog model. In 2007, her laboratory showed that most of the variation in body size of domestic dogs is due to differences in a single gene.
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