Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Genome analysis suggest that Pugs may not be from Asia!
I would like to divert you from proteomics to a fantastic study of dog genomes.
In this paper in some journal called "Science..." some brilliant people tricked some funding agency into giving them money to sequence a ton of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) from a bunch of dogs. OF COURSE, one that they would focus on would be the grand and majestic Pug.
The story has always been this -- that Pugs originated with other normal-faced dogs somewhere in Asia. This is substantiated by old art that seems to show Pugs in early Chinese dynasties...except those Pugs look like Shar Pei...
Okay. So, the genomics might be solving all sorts of questions. The big question, though, still stands. Where did the greatest dogs in world history come from?
I think we need to go all Robert Langdon on it to figure it out. What are the conspiracies surrounding Michelangelo?