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Canine Genetics Topic of Recent Talk by Dr. Tyrone Spady

Washington DC, February, 2011 - Dr. Tyrone Spady captured the interest of the students of the SEED School of Washington D.C. in February when he brought his seven-year-old whippet, Nya, with him to discuss canine genetics. He introduced the presentation by asking the students about what types of dogs they had and what type they thought was the most popular. He showed students pictures of dogs and rewarded students for being able to name the breed. Dr. Spady went on to explain to the students that different breeds of dogs were built for different jobs. These jobs could include hunting, herding, guarding, chasing, etc. The type of job a dog was built for determined many of their physical features. Other physical features in dogs that can be determined by their breeding would be genetic mutations such as dwarfism. Dr. Spady's interactive lesson grabbed and held the attention of the whole audience.

Dr. Tyrone Spady is a science policy analyst at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. Tyrone grew up in Maryland, very close to the SEED school of Washington D.C. At a very early age Spady took an interest in tropical fish husbandry, specifically cichlids. Due to these interests Spady choose to go to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) where he received a B.S. in Biological Sciences. While at UMBC Tyrone did research on the field of vision science. He combined his interests in fish biology and vision to go on to study the evolution of cichlid vision at the Hubbard Center for Genome Studies at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). Dr. Tyrone Spady received his Ph. D. from UNH in 2006. He continued his studies by receiving a postdoc with one of the world’s leading canine geneticists. Dr. Spady's current areas of advocacy and policy interests are the NIH portfolio, public access, and research IT infrastructure development.
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