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Another Reason Why Dogs Are Our Friends

"The Canine Genome Project was developed to build a comprehensive genetic understanding of the canine genome.

Its primary goals are to map and identify genetic markers linked to inherited diseases, and to use this information to improve the overall health of the canine population and further understanding of the many complex diseases that arise in the canine genome.

The Canine Genome Project began at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (in Seattle) but is now included in the National Institutes of Health. It involves veterinarians, population geneticists, molecular biologists, statisticians and computer scientists working to discover underlying canine genetic structure and disease susceptibility.

The canine study of the genotype/phenotype relationship and the analysis of the causes of many genetic diseases, with simple or complex inheritance, will benefit dogs but also the human population.

This rich potentiality is due to the natural history of dogs whose domestication from wolves dated back at least 15,000 years. All modern dogs originated from a limited number of female wolves from Eastern Asia. But humans have created over 350 breeds, each of them
corresponding to a genetic isolate and altogether offering a unique panel of polymorphism never encountered in any other mammals.

The Canine Genome Project is accepting canine DNA samples in the form of cheek swabs or blood samples from specific breeds of purebred, registered dogs. To check the list of breeds needed, please visit the research site."

Today's fragrance is NellyRodi Parfum 4: CACAO by perfumer Dorothée Piot of SYMRISE with notes of Patchouli, Vanilla, Incense, Myrrhe, Styrax and Castoreum.

WHAT did they do to these notes to make this smell so bad? ICK! ICK! ICK! The plastick-y smell of a chocolate Easter Bunny gone bad! Who suffered through an electrical fire! Just awful.

In all fairness, I despise chocolate scents. But this really is intolerable. I see that the same perfumer is responsible for the rose and amber -- my two favorite -- scents coming up.

Oh please, let her not be to blame for this. Let it be poor quality ingredients, let it be a bad batch, let it be anything but the perfumer's fault. Nobody wants to take the hit for this one.


NellyRodi scores:
MANE = 0 for 2
ROBERTET = 1 for 1
SYMRISE = 0 for 1


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Patchouli, Vanilla, Incense, Myrrh, Styrax and Castoreum. I think all of those notes are ~dangerous~ without proper supervision. Except for *some* incenses and *some* vanillas, those notes just hang around like street corner thugs waiting to ruin some nice dressed up lady's day with a sudden assault of violent putrefaction.

So sorry that you stink now.... Maybe a tomato juice bath is in order.


2:20 PM

Blogger Doug said...

My dogs are so very, very not purebred. I bet Walela would smell nice with patchouli and vanilla, though.

3:52 PM

Blogger AP3 said...

I heard about the canine thing. Pretty interesting stuff.

Nothing makes Anex Snoopy Pez smell good for a full 24 hours.

4:13 PM

Blogger Ariella said...

I have emailed and informed them of my purity of blood and willingness to participate.
I even had an * by my breed (feeling special).
Thanks for the info!

11:59 PM

Blogger Fred said...

Great picture of John Lennon. I'll have to check out that link; it sounds interesting.

4:59 AM

Blogger Lulu said...

Hello, M!

One advantage of cats over dogs is that they always smell good!

But I love all that genome-mapping thing. I love the fact that the more we find out, the more we discover there is to know. I read somewhere that, until the late 19th century, a highly educated person could reasonably expect to know ALL THE KNOWLEDGE there was to know about the world - in science, history, mathematics, geography, philosophy, everything. Then the 20th century happened and knowledge increased exponentially and people began to have to specialise. I find that an awesome thought.

5:46 AM

Blogger Tom & Icy said...

It so nice when man and dog can help each other. And as for chocolate, ewwww! That smells awful and is poison to dogs! Woof!

2:20 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

zmxnpo: lunch pill, a la Jetsons

Too bad they don't need any samples from the wild and wiley silverbacked freestyle terrier variety!



3:20 PM


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