A fast runner in race for a cure

August 26, 2010

By hammersmith

[Source: The Arizona Republic] – Lisa Stone’s 7-year-old greyhound was bred for the racetrack, but it was another facet of Tex’s breed that determined his fate.

Greyhounds are more likely than most dogs to die of osteosarcoma, a bone cancer. The disease robbed Tex of his right front leg. It also took the lives of Stone’s other greyhounds, causing her to ask why certain breeds are more susceptible to the disease.
Researchers may soon have answers, thanks to a study that may well have implications for human sufferers as well.

Phoenix-based Translational Genomics Research Institute recently launched a $5.3 million canine-cancer project to study the genetic link between cancers and specific breeds of dogs, including greyhounds and osteosarcoma.

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