Meanwhile in Siberia. Since 1959, the Institute of Cytology and Genetics in Russia has been running an experiment to recreate the process of domestication, in o i know half of You said tl dr
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Meanwhile in Siberia

Since 1959, the Institute of Cytology and Genetics in Russia has been running an experiment to recreate the process of domestication, in order to see if there are genes specifically geared towards domestication factors (ie: retention of juvenile morphological and behavioral traits, dampened aggression, obedience to humans). What humanity has accomplished with dogs over thousands of years, Soviet scientist Dmitri Belyaev sought to accomplish in one human generation.

So far, the program has come close (the foxes are 'emotional' and seek out human companionship, play, etc), but they still lack the inherent obedience that domesticated dogs possess. The program is in financial trouble, but Lyudmila Trut and her staff soldier on.

Edit: Baby foxes are called kits, not pups...yes, OP ****** up

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domesticated_silver_fox - Because you knew that was coming
www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2012/03/domesticated_foxes_in_siberia_an_experiment_in_peril_.html - Fantastic article about the financial troubles plaguing the program
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#1 - manazetsugi (02/28/2013) [+] (4 replies)
**manazetsugi rolled a random image posted in comment #35 at well there's an idea... ** ..lol
#45 - alleksi ONLINE (03/01/2013) [+] (1 reply)
they're like cats....but dogs.....




I want a fox
#11 - Jesusnipples (03/01/2013) [+] (6 replies)
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#85 - gayboard (03/01/2013) [-]
Being an unconditional fox lover.

I died from this post.

I'm dead now. I'm just a ghost as I type this. The afterlife is okay.
#4 - mymiddleleg (02/28/2013) [-]
I want one
I want one
#36 - thalfak (03/01/2013) [-]
I love foxes
I love foxes
#74 - icefried (03/01/2013) [+] (2 replies)
"The total cost of importing a fox, including the purchase price to the institute, is $8,900 USD"
I'm never going to get a fox..
#146 - metallicafandude (03/01/2013) [-]
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#178 - workitout (03/01/2013) [-]
Foxes are like the perfect mix of cats and dogs! I want one so bad!   
   
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Foxes are like the perfect mix of cats and dogs! I want one so bad!

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#75 - bohemianbeatle (03/01/2013) [+] (4 replies)
#147 - Octopuspie (03/01/2013) [+] (3 replies)
"That is one fine ass picture"

seriously what is this fox doing
#128 - ghostsyndrome (03/01/2013) [+] (7 replies)
I LOVE FOXES
I LOVE FOXES
#209 - anonymous (03/01/2013) [+] (4 replies)
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#212 to #209 - albeit ONLINE (03/01/2013) [-]
>Started reading
>Read "u can't stop reading now u have started!!"
>Stopped reading
User avatar #180 - colegaleener (03/01/2013) [+] (7 replies)
They're cute, but not $8,900 cute.
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User avatar #3 - guiguito ONLINE (02/28/2013) [+] (3 replies)
the founder of the project is dead, it started when the URSS still existed
op is a faggot
#5 to #3 - iamtheblackgoat (02/28/2013) [-]
I believe I touched on the fact that the USSR (not the URSS) collapsed after the project had been started, and sure, the founder Dmitri died, sorry I didn't explicitly mention that
I believe I touched on the fact that the USSR (not the URSS) collapsed after the project had been started, and sure, the founder Dmitri died, sorry I didn't explicitly mention that
#22 - pureevil (03/01/2013) [+] (2 replies)
DO WANT
DO WANT
#192 - killerblue (03/01/2013) [-]
I want one, but I can't have one......

#124 - blizzyspet (03/01/2013) [+] (2 replies)
i will do this with a fox
i will do this with a fox
#114 - electrickwalrus ONLINE (03/01/2013) [+] (1 reply)
8.9k for a fox? i can just find my own fox and domesticate it my self
User avatar #120 to #114 - crownofroses (03/01/2013) [-]
And then it'll chew your balls off while you sleep and it'll cost you a ******* in medical bills.
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