For Human Cancer Research, cats’ Tumors are less useful than dogs’
Cats tend to have a type of skin cancer in their heads and mouths that some researchers are using as a model for human head and neck cancers. But dogs seem to be diagnosed more frequently with tumors that overlap with human cancer, Fulkerson explains. “It’s been a little bit easier to find diseases that really match up,” he says. Basically, scientists could put a cat’s tumor in a mouse used for human cancer research—but why would drug companies focused on human cancer want them?
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