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Complex Traits

Author(s): Nancy Moreno, PhD.

Furnishings in Dogs

Procedure: (cont.)

2. The photo on this slide is of an Irish terrier with furnishings and wiry hair. Ask if any of the students have a dog with similar facial and coat hair. Mention that the eyebrows and beard are called “furnishings.” Tell students that the coat hair is stiff like wire. In the case of the gene for furnishing, extra DNA (167 base pairs) has been inserted into the original gene. The protein produced by the gene is involved in switching on other genes, and the additional DNA changes how that protein regulates hair growth. Mention that this is an example of how a single gene can have effects in many different parts of the body. 


Funded by the following grant(s)

Science Education Partnership Award, NIH

Gene U: Inquiry-based Genomics Learning Experiences for Teachers and Students
Grant Number: 5R25OD011134


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Using Learning Technology to Build Human Capital
Grant Number: 57363