Genes Reveal Small Changes

August 29, 2014 10:38 PM

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Genes Reveal Small Changes

Today, you can find all kinds of breeds of domesticated rabbits. Yet what genetic changes actually transformed wild rabbits into domesticated forms has long remained a mystery. Now, scientists have found that many genes controlling the development and the brain and the nervous system were particularly important for rabbit domestication.

Domestication of plants and animals was one of the most important technological revolutions in human history. Animal domestication started as early as 9,000 to 15,000 years ago, when our ancient ancestors domesticated dogs, cattle, sheep, goats and pigs. The rabbit, though, was domesticated much lat...

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