Research team to study cancer in dogs

By Ken Alltucker, The Arizona Republic

A research team led by the Translational Genomics Research Institute and Van Andel Research Institute has secured more than $5 million in federal grants and private donations to study five cancers found in dogs.

The Canine Hereditary Cancer Consortium will get $4.3 million from the National Cancer Institute and $500,000 donations from both Phoenix-based PetSmart and Kansas-based Hill’s Pet Nutrition, a pet-food manufacturer.

Not only will scientists attempt to discover more about cancers that afflict multiple dog breeds, they say the two-year study may unearth genetic clues about similar cancers found in humans.

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