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Canine Genetics – What Is This Mutt? The Answer May Surprise You!

May 24

2:00 pm PT


In conjunction with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and as part of the Darwin’s Ark project, the team launched a “citizen science” study on how well we’re able to identify breeds, how mixed our U.S. dog population is, and how that might affect our lives with dogs. The answers may surprise you!

Presented By:

Dr. Elinor Karlsson, PhD

A geneticist who has shaped the public’s understanding of behavior and disease genetics, Elinor received her Ph.D. in bioinformatics from Boston University, conducted her postdoc at Harvard University, and is currently a professor at University of Massachusetts Medical School, as well as the Director of Vertebrate Genomics at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. Elinor founded Darwin’s Ark based on the fact that millions of animals share the same environment with people, who are expert observers of their pet’s behavior and health. Combining her deep expertise in genomics with “big data” from citizen scientists, Elinor hopes to revolutionize our understanding of complex genetics to improve human and animal health.