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Welcome to Darwin’s Dogs

At Darwin’s Dogs we are following the pawprints of evolution. We want to understand how dog DNA changed as dogs went from living in the wild to being part of our families. Do you have a dog in your family? We need your help!

Telling the tails of your dog’s DNA.

That adorable fluffball snoozing on your couch has a good reason to be sleepy. They are a living recording of thousands and thousands of years of evolution! We want to understand how small changes in DNA created the amazing dogs we live with today.

You have a lab? So do we.

Our lab at the U Mass Medical School uses cutting edge technology to closely examine the DNA of each dog and find differences that correlate with differences in behavior. We can then trace these changes back in time and figure out when and where they first arose.

You taught them to heel,
we’ll help them heal.

You know your dog is fascinating – and we agree! We want to understand better how minds work – and why sometimes things go wrong. Dogs have already helped us find genes involved in narcolepsy, epilepsy, and obsessive compulsive disorder. With your help, we will be able to do much, much more.

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