What is Your Dog Thinking? Brain Scans Unleash Canine Secrets

Callie wears ear protection as she prepares to enter the scanner. The research team includes, from left, Andrew Brooks, Gregory Berns and Mark Spivak. Photo by Bryan Meltz.

When your dog gazes up at you adoringly, what does it see? A best friend? A pack leader? A can opener? Continue reading

Man and Canine Share a Joint Tumor Marker

The dog may be man’s best friend but even so it comes as a surprise that the two species share a common tumor marker. This finding comes from a joint study between scientists of the Vetmeduni Vienna and the MedUni Wien, headed by Erika Jensen-Jarolim. The researchers looked for similarities in breast cancer of dogs and women, focusing on the tumor marker CEA (carcinoembryonic antigen). They uncovered a molecule, the CEA receptor that turned out to be essentially identical in the two species. The result could lead to the rapid development of new therapeutic methods for use in dogs and humans.

Despite steadily improving methods for its diagnosis and treatment, cancer still represents one of the  Continue reading