Dogs not only share man’s home but also many genes

A US dog genetics researcher compiled the findings of the canine genome – mapped in 2005 – that are relevant to humans.

“Dog breeds [due to intensive breeding] offer the same advantage of reducing locus heterogeneity that is gained by studying humans from geographically isolated countries such as Finland or Iceland,” the author wrote.

One of the recent discoveries is that German shepherds are prone to RCND syndrome, which causes kidney cancer.

The disease was found on a type of gene called folliculin, the same gene