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  • Posted: 06/26/2013
NCI Cancer Center News

Human and canine lymphomas share molecular similarities, first large-scale comparison shows

Humans and their pet dogs are close, so close that they both develop a type of cancer called diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. In humans it’s the most common lymphoma subtype while in dogs, it’s one of the most common cancers in veterinary oncology. A team of scientists from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Duke University have conducted one of the first studies to directly compare canine and human B-cell lymphoma by examining molecular similarities and differences between the two species. The researchers say dogs are good models to study because they can examine shared risk factors with humans.

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