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Guide Dogs for the Blind to share DNA info in cancer project
San Francisco Business Times
Dogs trained to assist the blind may also guide scientists towards a cure for cancer.
Guide Dogs for the Blind will share medical data and DNA from its dogs with a National Institutes of Health researcher studying cancer in people and dogs.
The San Rafael group, founded in 1942, keeps track of the medical histories and DNA of its purebred dogs. That information will be shared with Elaine Ostrander, an NIH cancer researcher. Because cancer is the No. 1 killer of dogs, researchers believe understanding the genetic underpinnings of the disease in dogs may be useful in understanding the human disease.
Ostrander is chief of the cancer genetics branch of the National Human Genome Research Institute. Her laboratory seeks to identify the genes that make both dogs and humans susceptible to cancer and other diseases.