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Animals provide clues for baldness?

September 11, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Chinese Crested dog tends to win all the ugly dog contests, but researchers say this hairless canine is making a beautiful contribution to the field of genetics. Swedish scientists identified the gene that causes doggie baldness. It's called Foxi-3.

Geneticists say they've also discovered a similar mutation in rats and humans.

One researcher says it pays to study the genome of dogs because the underlying biology for a dog, man and mouse remains constant through evolutionary changes.


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