Over the centuries, dogs have been man’s best friend. They’ve given us friendship, companionship, love, and protection. But could they now help science cure cancer? Today, July 20, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News featured an article on this exciting possibility entitled, “Cancer in Dogs Offers Insight for Humans.”
Through animal research, they just might. Since sequencing the dog genome several years ago, scientists have discovered strong similarities in dog and human cancers and researchers hope, that through comparative oncology, human cancer research and cure development will learn valuable information from our canine friends. One of the most notable of these dogs was that of retired North Dakota U.S. Senator Kent Conrad, named Dakota, who participated in a T-cell cancer project at the University of Texas’s M.D. Anderson Cancer Center before passing away in February of 2013.
To learn more about the scientific efforts of researchers and dogs in combating cancer, please read the article by clicking here.