Darwin's Dogs

Please join the Friends of the Jackson Public Library as they host dog expert Elinor Karlsson discussing Darwin’s Dogs, her citizen science research project about how the dog genome has changed between ancient wolves and our beloved companions of today. Her talk will be this Sunday November 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm at the Jackson Public Library, located at 52 Main Street in Jackson, NH.

Dr. Elinor Karlsson will discuss her research this Sunday, 11/6, at 5pm.
Dr. Elinor Karlsson will discuss her research this Sunday, 11/6, at 5pm.

The Darwin’s Dogs researchers are following the pawprints of canine evolution. They want to understand how dog DNA changed as dogs went from living in the wild to being part of our families. Learning how genetics shapes behavior will give new insight into psychiatric and neurological diseases in dogs and people. If you have a dog, you can participate at no cost by answering a short questionnaire on their webpage, about your dog’s behavior and personality. Next, you mail back a salvia sample from your dog using a kit provided by Darwin’s Dogs researchers. The project is open to all dogs, and results will be shared with participants.

Elinor K. Karlsson, PhD and Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, has contributed to numerous studies shaping our understanding of the genetics of diseases and behavioral disorders in dogs and humans. She has worked in dog genetics since 2003, and co-authored the original dog genome paper published in 2005. Elinor designed and launched the Darwin’s Dogs project in 2015 based on the realization that there are thousands of dogs living in homes with people who know all about their behavior.

The presentation is free and open to the public although a $5.00 donation is welcome to offset speaker expenses. For more information, please contact the Jackson Public Library at 603-383- 9731