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Docile or hostile?: 'Domestication' genes found in foxes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A six-decade breeding experiment with foxes designed to shed light on how wolves became dogs has led to the discovery of genes that favour tame or aggressive behaviour, scientists said Monday. Comparing the sequenced genomes of foxes selected across 50 generations for their friendliness towards people with another group bred for hostility uncovered dozens of telltale differences, including one gene in particular, they reported in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. "We were able to show that a specific gene" -- known as SorCS1 -- "does have an effect on behaviour, making foxes more tame," lead author Anna Kukekova, an assistant professor at the University of Illinois, told AFP. read more
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