A bunch of very technical stuff. I am sure I am missing the main point. I wonder if the breeding plan was aimed at achieving the blue eyes or not. My feeling is that the blue eyes was not the goal but just what came along with the breedings.The team found the gene marker that was significant in giving huskies blue eyes using consumer collected dna data. Embark is to dig what 23andMe is to people.
It was actually a duplication that was found near the ALX3 gene on chromosome 18 that correlated with Siberian huskies blue eyes.
Seems unlikely someone with a working dog line (Huskies) would be something that would be bred or selected for before there were blue eyed dogs.I wonder if the breeding plan was aimed at achieving the blue eyes or not.
Unclear what you mean. I did not use the word "consumer". I did not see or remember seeing it in the article (that word, "consumer"). Post #7 suggests the word, but I did not intentionally use the word.@symbolipoint
The word consumer may not have the meaning you apply. Personal genomics refers to using DNA research for understanding your own personal DNA. It does not necessarily have to be marketed. In this case dog owners contributed information for dogs wit known DNA data: they provided what the dogs looked like, the phenotype. So the researchers could figure out where in the dog genome blue eye color is expressed.
Dogs have a DNA "bank" of data as well. Pet owners were bound to exploit this, us Westerners have a unique view of pets