On November 12, Bethany College’s Pearson Professor Peter Savolainen will take genetic samplings of dogs. The event is open to the public and will begin at 3 p.m. outside of the Nelson Science Center on the campus of Bethany College.
During the event, Savolainen, assisted by Bethany students, will take swabs from inside the mouth of the dogs. He currently has extensive samplings from around the world but relatively few from North America. The results of the Nov. 12 event will help to further his research as he continues his genetic studies of the origins of dogs.
Savolainen, an assistant professor at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, has determined that the origins of all dogs can be traced to a single location, China. His research has been internationally recognized and published. He is also the first recorded scientist to test the genetics of dogs as a forensic expert for the Swedish police.
Savolainen will give his final two public addresses November 10 and 18.
On November 10, Savolainen will give a public address titled “Genetic Studies Unraveling the Origins of the Dog.” He will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Lindquist Hall.
Savolainen will speak in Swenson Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on November 18.
Both presentations are free and open to the public.
More information is available at www.bethanylb.edu/savolainen.