Scottish Terrier’s coat reveals genetic mysteries

The Times of London reports:

The differences between the silky coat of a cocker spaniel, the wiry hair of a Scottish Terrier and the soft curls of a poodle are caused by variations in only three genes, scientists have discovered…

“What’s important for human health is the way we found the genes involved in dog coats and figured out how they work together, rather than the genes themselves,” said Elaine Ostrander, head of cancer genetics at the US National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), who led the study.

See previous reports on Dr. Ostrander’s work.