Starchy genes made dog into Man’s best friend

January 24, 2013 |

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A genetic switch allowed dogs to adapt to a starch-rich diet and evolve from meat-munching wolves into Man’s leftover-loving best friend, scientists said.

Comparing the genetic code of the domestic dog to that of its wolf cousins, a team of researchers from Sweden, Norway and the United States found several telling differences.

“Our findings show that the digestive system of dogs have adapted to be able to live on a diet similar to ours,” co-author Erik Axelsson from Uppsala University in Sweden told AFP of the study published in the journal Nature.

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