Robert: Project looks to expand the life expectancy of dogs

Published on February 22nd, 2022 @ 12:12 PM


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A new research project aims to extend the lives of man’s best friend. 

The Dog Aging Project already has 32 000 pups signed up for the study and aims to better understand why canines tend to age at vastly different rates and why some breeds fall prey to different illnesses.

“Dogs vary enormously in how long they live, and in the spectrum of diseases they’re at risk of,” said Daniel Promislow, a professor of biology, laboratory medicine and pathology at the University of Washington in Seattle.

“Some breeds get cancer quite frequently, some rarely get cancer, some have heart problems, other breeds never get heart problems,” he continues. “The primary goal of our project is to understand why it is that dogs vary so much in how they age and how long they live.”

The Dog Aging Project hopes to enroll as many as 100 000 doggos to get the most accurate findings.

“The more dogs we have, the more power we have to ask scientific questions and to answer them better,” explains Promislow.

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