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Complex Traits

Author(s): Nancy Moreno, PhD.

Is This Animal Suitable as a Pet?

Even though dog breeds appear quite distinct, they still freely interbreed without physical or other barriers. In other words, all domestic dogs are members of the same species. Even with their wide range of appearances, dogs are more similar to one another genetically than they are to grey wolves, their closest relatives.

Procedure (cont.)

2. Show this slide to students, and ask, What about this animal? Is it suitable as a pet? Why or why not? Tell students that the slide depicts a common dog breed, springer spaniel.

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