Stephen Johnston, the director of the Center for Innovations in Medicine, and his team at Arizona State University set out to find a cure for cancer 12 years ago. Now, the once out-of-reach dream is becoming a reality.
Colorado State University is partnering with ASU, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of California, Davis to find a cure for cancer using an unlikely patient: dogs.
“We did the research in the literature, and we saw that people had missed something,” Johnston said. “Everybody at that point said that you can’t make a vaccine to prevent cancer, and when we read all the papers and looked at it, we saw they had made a logical error when they came to that conclusion. So we tested out to see if the mistake, or what they had missed, would work to possibly make a vaccine.”
Dogs develop similar cancers that humans can have, making them a practical subject for the research. Dogs live for 12 years on average, and when they reach the ages of 8 to 10 years old, cancer is more likely to occur as a consequence of old age, said Doug Thamm, director of clinical research at the Flint Animal Cancer Center at CSU’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital. …Continue reading full story