ky issue

This page will explore the ky issue and present the facts, evidence and data that are available as well as the conclusions.  Lets start with the basics

Allele  One of two or more alternative forms of a gene, each possessing a unique nucleotide sequence; different alleles of a given gene are often recognized, however, by the phenotypes (in this case, what you see of the dog) rather than by comparison of their nucleotide sequences. Alleles are genetic sequences, and they code for the transmission of traits.

Alleles are variant forms of genes, residing at a specific locus (location on a chromosome) in two copies.  One copy of the gene in inherited from each parent.  When the copies of a gene differ from each other they are known as alleles.  A given gene may have multiple different alleles, though only two alleles are present at the gene’s locus in any individual. Alleles sometimes result in different observable traits (phenotypes), with certain alleles being dominant or recessive.

Genome The genetic material of (in this case) the dog. This is what may along with other factors, such as environment influence morphology, behavior, and disease in our dogs.