The University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine received a $5 million gift from St. Louis-area couple Cottrell and Kay Fox, whose dog was treated for bone cancer at the school. The couple made the donation in honor of their veterinarians, James Schuessler and Fred Bendick. A portion of the money is tagged for comparative cancer research, which examines ways to treat cancer in humans and animals. "What we learn through our comparative oncology work can translate into improved options for cancer care in people," said MU veterinary oncologist Carolyn Henry.

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