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How Genes Determine Your Dog's Lovable and Goofy Behavior

How Genes Determine Your Dog’s Lovable and Goofy Behavior

An Icelandic Sheepdog.Photo: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) A new study could help us better understand our canine companions. National Institutes of Health scientists say they have discovered some of the ways genes can influence the behaviors of certain breeds, such as herding dogs. For about two decades, a team led by Elaine Ostrander at the National Human …

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A deep dive connects canine genetics, brain physiology and behavior to explain why collies are different from terriers

A deep dive connects canine genetics, brain physiology and behavior to explain why collies are different from terriers

From the energetic Border Collie to the friendly Golden Retriever, there are over 350 dog breeds today, each with specific physical and behavioral traits. Although previous research into dog genomes has revealed the genetic basis for variations in body size and shape between breeds, the genetic basis for complex behaviors – hunting, herding, guarding, pointing, …

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Complex armored dinosaur behavior: Ankylosaurs fought as much as they fought T. rex

Complex armored dinosaur behavior: Ankylosaurs fought as much as they fought T. rex

Crurivastator Zuul in battle. Credit: Illustrated by Henry Sharpe. © Henry Sharpe Zuul shows that ankylosaurs may have also used their tail clubs for social dominance. Scientists have found new evidence of how armored dinosaurs used their signature tail clubs. The exceptional fossil of the ankylosaurus The bloodcurdling roar has spikes along its flanks that …

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The social behavior gene could be the key to understanding autism

The social behavior gene could be the key to understanding autism

Little is known about how social behavior develops in the early stages of life. But most animals, including humans, are born with an innate ability to socially interact or bond with others. And that contributes to lifelong success. Now, a new animal study points to a gene important for the early development of basic social …

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High blood pressure may contribute to neurotic behavior in some people

High blood pressure may contribute to neurotic behavior in some people

Share on PinterestHigh blood pressure may contribute to anxiety and neurotic personality traits, a new study suggests. Maskot/Getty Images Recent research suggests that high blood pressure can lead to an increase in neurotic behaviors. High blood pressure (hypertension) is a risk factor for heart attack, stroke, and other health problems. Hypertension was responsible for more …

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High blood pressure: Study finds 'causal effect' on neurotic behavior

High blood pressure: Study finds ‘causal effect’ on neurotic behavior

Share on PinterestA new study shows that diastolic blood pressure can lead to neuroticism, which is associated with anxiety and mood disorders. VISUAL SPECTRUM/Stocksy Blood pressure is a crucial part of health, with high blood pressure being linked to an increased risk of serious physical health problems. How blood pressure might impact other areas of …

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