Our goal is to find the genetic loci associated with key behavioral traits of military and service dogs. While decades of selective breeding practices have shaped the canine genome, we now look to genetics to guide our selection of dogs for specific training and career paths.
The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard was launched in 2004 to use genomics to advance science and human health. In 2005, Broad scientists led an international team to decode the DNA of Tasha, the first ever dog sequenced. Since then, scientists have compared the DNA of hundreds of dogs and found millions of differences. Hidden in this complexity are the genetic variants shaping each dog's behavior.
We have a unique opportunity today to apply cutting edge technology to identify the genes driving dog behavior. This is a first critical step. With the key genetic factors found, we can strategically select better working dogs, which saves time, energy and dollars.
Rarely do we have the opportunity to make such an impact for BOTH our national security and our disabled Americans. Please consider supporting the effort. Funding for The Working Dog Project has been provided by the Theriogenology Foundation.