is an ecumenical disease. With equal ferocity, it strikes across
species lines, afflicting cats, dogs, chickens, mice and humans,
this bodes ill for individuals afflicted with the disease, scientists
believe that cancer's apparent indifference to species in fact fuels
their efforts to find cause and cure.
lot of the techniques, procedures and drugs that are used against
human cancers were first researched and developed with the use of
experimental animal models," said Neils Pedersen, professor
in the veterinary school's Department of Medicine and Epidemiology
and director of the Center for Companion Animal Research and the
Veterinary Genetics Laboratory. "Now we're applying a lot of
the things that are being used in humans on our animal patients.
supports the concept that there really is just one medicine. We
may be dealing with different species, but we're finding at the
molecular and genetics level that many diseases in humans and animals
really are the same."
nowhere are researchers better positioned to take advantage of the
commonalties between diseases in animals and humans than at UC Davis,
which boasts top-flight scientists working in its medical, veterinary
and agriculture schools, newly opened Center for Comparative Medicine
and Northern California Regional Primate Research Center. Here,
researchers from disparate fields are forming critical links based
on the common goal of elucidating and eradicating cancer.
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