Author: Dr Frédéric MAISON
Membre du Comité de la SCC
Président de la Commission d'élevage de la SCC
At a time when genetics is the main subject of health and selection, I want to draw the attention of all the players in the field to its limits and, more generally, to the proper use of screening programs for the various diseases of the canine species.
We thought we were beginning to figure out genetics and that by “simply” identifying the unfavourable mutations this would solve a large part of our problems. Genetics, however, has this peculiarity of becoming more and more complex as it is studied and advanced in its comprehension. For a very long time, we had a rather simplistic vision or we were opposing, in the expression of a character, what was genetic and what came from the environment. With epigenetics, we now know that the environment can interfere directly with the expression of a genome, which complicates
the matter a little and should make us consider our approach.