Do Dogs Hold the Key to Beating Cancer?

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.

Washington University in St. Louis’ Magazine Highlights Important Translational Research with Dogs

“Outlook,” the magazine published by Washington University in St. Louis, took an interesting look at the connection between animals, specifically dogs, and cancer research for both human and animal benefit in its April edition.

Physicians, collaborating with veterinarians, are designing clinical trials to seek out mutually beneficial therapies and treat diseases.   “Shared Medicine” is an interesting examination of the One Health, or One Medicine, movement and clearly shows the importance of animal research when it comes to conquering cancer not just for mankind but for dogs and other species, as well.

Through these endeavors, researchers are hoping to accelerate cancer drug and treatment development for humans and their four-legged friends.  “People love their pets and want to treat them when they get cancer,” Dr. David Curel, professor of radiation oncology and of cancer biology at Washington University said. “And dogs get cancers that are very similar to human cancers.”

To read “Shared Medicine,” please click here.

FBR Interviews the Beagle Rescue League’s Labs to Leash Division

As you've probably already seen and heard, there is a national organization with ties to the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and animal rights extremist terror that has disguised itself as a group seeking adoptive homes for dogs and cats used in research. Make no mistake: this is not their ultimate objective. They have used these animals as props in the media to vilify lifesaving animal and veterinary research and as fundraising tools to fund their expensive lobbying campaigns as they pursue anti-research legislation across the country.

There is, however, thankfully one group who makes it their mission to find homes for former research beagles after they have helped in the endeavor to improve human and animal lives. The Beagle Rescue League's Labs to Leash Division works tirelessly, day-in and day-out, without a political agenda to place the right dogs in the right homes. Last week, the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) interviewed Carolyn Sterner, President of the Beagle Rescue League, and discussed the Labs to Leash Division's valuable work to assist research institutions' adoption efforts.

To learn more about the Beagle Rescue League, their efforts, and how you can help, please click here.

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