A Cure for Cancer Could Come From Canines
Their day has arrived. Fido’s relatively simple DNA makeup can offer us more than just interesting dinner conversation. Scientists from Arizona to Massachusetts are researching a slew of medical conditions — rare bone cancers, OCD, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, and even obesity — by looking into the genetic makeup of various breeds. With an estimated 77.8 million pet pups in the U.S., scientists see a giant untapped pool of potential research subjects — with owners happily monitoring their every move, reporting behavior on questionnaires and otherwise facilitating this helpful new trick.