Study: Dogs and humans share only a few genes related to lymphoma

04/7/2011 | RedOrbit

North Carolina State University researchers "recoded" genetic information from dogs with non-Hodgkin lymphoma to resemble that of humans and found only a few lymphoma-related genes shared by canine and human genomes. The study "suggests that maybe there is a lot of genetic noise in the human cancers that are not essential components of the process. ... The dog data indicate we need to focus on what's shared, and these are very few regions," said Dr. Matthew Breen, lead author of the study that appears in the journal Leukemia and Lymphoma.

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