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Dog slobber could help treat cancer


Recently conducted research has revealed that DNA found on the tongue of a dog could prove out to be an essential breakthrough cure for rare type of cancers affecting both dogs and humans. According to, the study has been conducted by the researchers at the Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

During the study, samples of the blood, saliva and tumour were used by the researchers to test the prospective treatment for the cancer in dogs. This study was approved by Morris Animal Foundation and American Kennel Club.

As per, these cancer types were essentially found in human beings and lately have been showing signs in dogs too. The team of researchers are hopeful of finding some success in determining the real genomic cause of the diseases. The DNA samples have helped the scientists better understand the disease and to work on its prospective treatment.

“We’re proud to be part of such an innovative approach that fully supports our mission of providing total lifetime care for pets, and one that will offer hope to people and dogs who are suffering from these illnesses,” remarked Phil Francis, Executive chairman, PetSmart.

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