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December 31, 2004

Dog genome boosts cancer research

Topics: Medicine

-BBC News UK

The complete canine genome sequence, which was finished last summer, is helping scientists to track down genes that cause disease in both dogs and people.

"We share our genes and we share our diseases," said Kerstin Lindblad-Toh, of the Whitehead Institute Center for Genome Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US.

Many researchers are hopeful that the dog genome will reveal important genes behind the cancers that afflict us and our closest companions.

Bone cancer, skin cancer, and lymphoma are among the many types of cancers that are similar in humans and dogs.  Continue reading...

Posted by Hyscience at December 31, 2004 12:39 AM

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