Canine cancer patients might one day help humans

01/28/2013 | Santa Cruz Sentinel (Calif.)

Veterinarians and other scientists have been studying canine cancer patients' DNA to identify mutations involved in several types of cancer, many of which also affect humans, such as lymphoma and osteosarcoma. The findings will likely lead to better diagnostics and treatments for animals and humans alike. "The key to unlocking some of nature's most perplexing puzzles in human health has actually stood right next to us, wagging its tail," said Matthew Breen, a genomics professor at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.

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