Eleanor Raffan was at the British Science Association Festival in Brighton this week, the longest-established science festival in Europe. Her public talk ‘Woofing it down: understanding appetite from man’s best friend’ delved into the genetics of obesity in dogs. She also talked to
I study dogs not only because I want to address canine disease problems but also because they are valuable ‘models’ from which to learn lessons about human disease. The way that they have been bred since domestication makes tracking down disease-causing genes much more straightforward in dogs than in humans.
Dr Eleanor Raffan
Image by Marc Dalmulder