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Features November 2014 Issue

Everybody Into the Gene Pool

Dogs and people have a very similar number of nucleotide bases that make up our DNA, that is, all of our genetic material. Their genome contains 2.4 billion bases, while ours contains 2.6 billion. And while two dogs of different breeds are as different as any two people, dogs within a breed are 99.9 percent similar. Why is that?

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