For years, we've been told that a little "hair of the dog" is a sure-fire cure for a hangover. Others say it's more like a one-way ticket to a 12 step program and a lot of meetings. But Kirsten Taylor of "Paw Nation" is saying that NPR is reporting that members of the Human Genome project has deterimined that all the variations in dog hair come from just three genes. Elaine A. Ostrander, chief of the Institute's cancer genetics branch, has been studying dog genes for at least 1,000 dogs of varying breeds. Huh? The Human Genenome Project is studying dogs? (We used to do that in the Union in college but that's another topic.) The project wants to study how three genes can work together to form so many variations in dog fur - in an attempt to find the key that will unlock the mystery of how defective genes work together to cause human diseases such as cancer, diabetes, obesity or heart desease. I recently cut enough hair off Scottie and Teicheadh to build two more Scottish Terriers. I'd be happy to send it all to the genenome project if it would help. I don't think they'll take it, though.