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Dogs are often referred to as man's best friend, but it's not certain how this relationship developed in the first place. Did early humans purposefully domesticate dogs from their wild ancestors, or did we just stumble upon nearly tame dogs and develop a bond? Experiments such as the domesticated fox demonstrate that it's not too hard to tame certain animals in a relatively short period of time. Perhaps we're on the cusp of even more advanced domestication techniques, and hyper-intelligent parrots are just around the corner. GMO pets could be our next best friends. After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.
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Filed Under: biotech, crispr, dogs, domesticated animals, gattaca, genetics, germline, gmo, lab rats, micropigs, pets, skinny pigs


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    Anonymous Coward, 27 Oct 2015 @ 8:32pm

    Genetically engineered, customized dogs? I say we give 'em all thumbs so they can finally play poker for real.

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    Anonymous Coward, 28 Oct 2015 @ 7:44pm

    "but it's not certain how this relationship developed in the first place."


    Dog love human food. Cook some food over a camp fire and feed it to a dog, he'll be your friend for life. I'm pretty sure our relationship with dogs started by feeding them food.

    I've never met a dog that didn't wig out when a human starts eating food around them.

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