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New Research Shows That Dogs Can Differentiate Between Different Human Languages

Photo by  Pixabay  from  Pexels Without a shadow of a doubt, dogs are humanity's best friend. The close association over several centuries may have also given them an extraordinary ability to understand human languages. New research published in the journal, NeuroImage has revealed that dogs can actually distinguish between different human languages. The research was conducted by  Laura Cuaya , a neurobiologist at Eötvös Loránd University , and her team in Hungary.  Analyses of Dogs' Auditory Abilities Cuaya and her team trained 18 dogs including Kun-Kun (Cuaya's own pet), to lie motionless inside the MRI machine so their brains could be scanned while listening to the audio recordings of the human speech.  A dog trained to lie motionless for a MRI scan. Photo: Eniko Kubinyi Out of the 18 dogs, two came from Spanish-speaking families and the rest from Hungarian-speaking ones. In the machine, each dog was exposed to an excerpt from a popular children's book, ‘The Little

The story of Ringo, a dog who escaped Duchenne Muscular Dsytrophy!

By definition, a genetic disorder is one caused due to defects arising in genes . If you have inherited the defective gene or genes, then you are bound to be affected by the disorder. Image credit: Wikipedia A common example is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy , caused in humans by a defective copy of the Dystrophin gene (DMD) that encodes the dystrohin protein. DMD gene is located on the X chromosome. Since, females in humans have two X chromosomes , one defective copy of the X chromosome makes the person a carrier for the disorder. Muscular Dystrophy  usually does not affect females, unless she is the progeny of an affected father and carrier mother. However, males, who inherit only one X chromosome from their mother, have a 50% chance of getting the defective copy of the gene from a carrier mother and therefore are at 50% risk of being affected by muscular dystrophy. That's the thumb rule. Meet Ringo, a male Golden Retriever, the exception!   Ringo, the Gol

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