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Nature News this week examines an increase in the use of dogs as neurogenetics research subjects. Jonathan Flint at the Wellcome Trust Center for Human Genetics tells Nature's David Cyranoski that searching for genes that cause psychiatric problems in humans has proven to be "hard work with slim pickings." Cyranoski says that because of their more than 200-year-history of selective inbreeding, it's "relatively easy to track down the genes responsible" in dogs.

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