Canine microchimerism may inform understanding of disease in dogs, humans

07/10/2013 |

Veterinarians at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine discovered that microchimerism, a condition in which a person's body contains cells that are not genetically theirs, also occurs in dogs. Veterinarians Jeffrey Bryan and Sandra Axiak-Bechtel found that 36% of the 90 golden retrievers they tested demonstrated michrochimerism. "Finding microchimerism in dogs allows us to track this condition over a lifespan of about 10 years, as opposed to the 70 or 80 years of a human life," said Dr. Bryan. "This will make it much easier to determine any increased risk of or protection from other diseases brought on by microchimerism."

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