Review of: The Genetics of the Dog by A. Ruvinsky and J. Sampson

Hughes, Ian (2004) Review of: The Genetics of the Dog by A. Ruvinsky and J. Sampson. The Veterinary Journal, 167 3: 223-223. doi:10.1016/j.tvjl.2003.10.011


Author Hughes, Ian
Title Review of: The Genetics of the Dog by A. Ruvinsky and J. Sampson
Journal name The Veterinary Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1090-0233
Publication date 2004-05
Sub-type Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
DOI 10.1016/j.tvjl.2003.10.011
Volume 167
Issue 3
Start page 223
End page 223
Total pages 1
Place of publication London, England
Publisher W.B. Saunders
Language eng
Subject 0604 Genetics
Abstract Canine genetics is of both specific and general interest to veterinarians. Specifically, veterinarians need to be able to diagnose genetic disease and offer advice with respect to breeding programs. Increasingly, to be able to carry out these tasks successfully the veterinarian also needs to understand and keep abreast of the advances in molecular genetics and genomics. Generally, there is much interest in the genetics of dogs probably owing to two facts mentioned on several occasions throughout this book. Namely, that the dog is the most phenotypically diverse of all mammals, and that it is the oldest of our domesticated species. The book is written with a broad audience in mind, not just veterinarians, and sets out to cover “all major directions in dog genetics”. It is the fifth book in a series on mammalian genetics published by CAB International that follow a similar remit. The editors have recruited an impressive array of authors from around the world to ensure that the publication is as comprehensive as possible. Topics covered include everything from phylogenetics to the genetics of domestication to developmental genetics to dog genetic data used in forensic science. Like many books that compile chapters from a large number of authors the quality and style is quite variable. Many of the chapters of particular relevance to veterinarians are very well written and useful. Examples include those on coat colour, molecular genetics, cytogenetics, hip dysplasia, developmental genetics, and genetic aspects of disease. The chapter on pedigree analysis and genetic testing was well written but was frustrating in that it lacked many specifics that would enable a veterinarian to perform a pedigree analysis. The same criticism could be levelled at the chapter on canine blood groups; that is, while being informative it was not as practical or as applied as a veterinarian would require. The immunogenetics chapter was somewhat longwinded and would have benefited by the use of diagrams. If there is a general criticism of this book it is that more use could have been made of diagrams and a number of the chapters could have been more succinct. Finally, while interesting, the chapter discussing experiments in canine domestication was too long, confusing, poorly written (or translated) having, it would seem by-passed the editors. In summary, this book sets out with the bold aim to cover all of canine genetics. It succeeds but with variability in quality of presentation and usefulness of the information contained within its chapters. It would, however, be a good first stop for veterinarians interested in any aspect of canine genetics.
Q-Index Code CX
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Additional Notes The Genetics of the Dog. A. Ruvinsky and J. Sampson, 576 pages, hardback, £85, Wallingford, Oxon, CABI Publishing. 2001. ISBN 0851995209. Available online 15 January 2004.

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