CNN: Dogs’ similarities boost human cancer research

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Source: CNN “Dogs’ similarities boost human cancer research” By Nicole Ehrhart, The Conversation, 02/03/2017

Story highlights

  • Dogs have greater than 80 percent genetic similarity to humans, versus only 67 percent for mice
  • Some dog cancers are microscopically and molecularly identical to cancers in people


A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart… Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.”

Isn’t it true? We learn so much from our dogs. But beyond what man’s best friend can teach us about enjoying life, they share something else with us. Cancer diagnoses in dogs are on the rise, as are cancer diagnoses in people. In fact, canine cancer is the leading cause of death in pets over the age of 10 years.