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Scientists Study Golden Retrievers To Understand The Source Of Their High Cancer Rates

May 15, 2015 By Archit Tripathi
Cancer is something that most of us tend to associate with humans, but unfortunately it affects our furry friends, too. Golden retrievers in particular have some of the highest cancer rates among all dogs, and scientists at the Morris Animal Foundation in Colorado are conducting a lifetime study of 3,000 purebred retrievers in order to find out more. This study is useful for humans not just as pet owners, but also because we share over 95 percent of our DNA with them.

It is estimated that the average lifespan of these dogs has been cut almost in half over the course of the last 40 years. Participants in the study will note anything significant in the dog's life such as moves, changes in diet, changes in environment and more. Researchers are hoping this data will reveal a common thread as to what might be causing such high rates of illness in this particular breed.
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