Inside Dr. Evan MacLean’s office and lab, on the University of Arizona campus, there is a fascination with furry friends.
“The public has been fascinated with dogs, basically, as long as humans have been around. Scientists, on the other hand, for a long time thought that dogs were sort of boring animals. They thought that dogs were this artificial creation and domesticated animal, and that if you were a self-respecting biologist you would go out and find a real animal to study,” Dr. MacLean said.
But that changed 20 years ago, by his estimation, with a resurgence of interest in canines.