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Skin-derived stem cells might slow canine cognitive dementia

The life span of domestic dogs has lengthened, and, like elderly humans, 40% of dogs that live to 14 develop cognitive dysfunction. Veterinarians and researchers in Australia are experimenting with skin-derived stem cells to treat dogs with dementia, and "if it works in dogs, it stands a very high chance of working in humans just because of the close similarity between the dog and the human brain," says researcher Tom Duncan of the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Center.

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