Finally our dogs can feel good about themselves as they lick their own genitals

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That whooping sound you just heard was the collective exultation of the scientific community, which finally solved one of the great mysteries of the universe — why come some dogs are bald?

Turns out, it has something to do with their genes! No, really:

Tosso Leeb of the University of Bern in Switzerland and colleagues report that dogs that are hairless or nearly so have a mutation in a gene they call FOXI3.

The researchers compared the genomes of hairless and coated dogs from three breeds — the Chinese crested, and the Mexican and Peruvian hairless. It had been known that hairlessness (accompanied by tooth abnormalities) in these breeds is caused by a single dominant gene, but the precise gene was unknown.

Oh thank God. Finally, we can bring some peace and dignity to bald dogs everywhere. Just a few cycles of painful gene therapy and these proud puppies will be back on their paws, romping through a dewy meadow with a thick, lustrous coat of hair.

I know this isn’t good news for my line of dog toupees (aka Dr. Barky’s Hair Restoration System), but I was always in it for the dogs. Always.


Not only our spokesdog. Also a client.

That Dog Is Bald, and Now We Know Why [NY Times]

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