CSU joins canine cancer research initiative


CSU joins canine cancer research initiative

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

Source: The Rocky Mountain Collegian

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