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How the domestic rabbit became fearless

The domestication of animals progresses gradually as wild animals' genomes evolve and they adapt to life in captivity. Such genetic changes may manifest themselves in how an animal looks, behaves, functions and reproduces. The most striking of these modifications is tameness, - a common feature... click to read more

  • Leif Andersson | Professor at Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  • Irene Brusini | PhD student at Department of Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Miguel Carneiro | Researcher at CIBIO/InBIO, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, Universidade do Porto, Vairão, Portugal
  • Mats Fredrikson | Professor at Department of Psychology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden and Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Chunliang Wang | Researcher at Department of Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
Views 538
Reading time 3 min
published on Dec 18, 2018
Fair or unfair? The infinite patience of domestic dogs

It is likely not surprising to anyone reading this that humans have a strong sense of fairness. We recognize and respond to inequities from a very young age, and we continue to strive for equity throughout our lives. Though many may consider this a uniquely... click to read more

  • Jenny Essler | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Messerli - Research Institute, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 12, 2018
The healthy happiness behind dog ownership

Dogs have been called man's best friend for several centuries and it is not uncommon to read about the stereotype benefits on health and well-being attributed to their companionship. Their presence in a home has been associated with longevity, less loneliness, better adaptation to living... click to read more

  • Mwenya Mubanga | PhD student at SciLifeLab, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
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Reading time 2.5 min
published on Aug 16, 2018
How cats conquered the Ancient world: a 9,000-years DNA tale

When animals became domesticated, they gained protection from starvation, predation and disease but lost freedom. This is very well exemplified with the dog, the first animal that had been domesticated and that is very different from its ancestor, the wolf, in terms of behavior, morphology... click to read more

  • Eva-Maria Geigl | Research Director at National Research Center CNRS, Jacques Monod Institute, University Paris Diderot, 15 rue Helene Brion, 75013 Paris, France
  • Thierry Grange | Research Director at National Research Center CNRS, Jacques Monod Institute, University Paris Diderot, 15 rue Helene Brion, 75013 Paris, France
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Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 20, 2017