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10 - 02 - 2017

Man’s best friend … even in research

Dogs are the oldest companion of humans. Their learning, guarding, and research capacities, as well as their attachment to their masters make them man’s favourite pet. But they have other interesting features for research and oncology treatments.

Indeed, unlike rodents, more conventionally used in research, there are many breeds of dogs and a wide variety of size and aspects.

Dogs also live longer and develop cancers ‘naturally’ in a similar way to humans such as osteosarcomas or bladder cancers that respond to the same types of treatment. All these physiological similarities make it, according to a study carried out in the United States, a very good companion in the fight against cancer.

Thierry Battmann