In the early, online edition of Genome Research, the National Human Genome Research Institute's Elaine Ostrander and colleagues from the US and Ireland describe variants falling in and around half a dozen genes that seem to explain a good deal of the diminished size seen in some dog breeds. The group did fine mapping on four loci linked to canine body size in past work.

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Two researchers have found that behavioral genetic defenses in criminal cases don't tend to affect outcomes, according to Popular Science.

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