Archive for November, 2008

Dog Genome May Shed Light on Human Disease

Mapping dog genome could shed light on human diseases. A complete sequence of dog genome not only helps explain dogs’ unique set of behaviors, traits, and diseases, it could also help identify human disorders. Understanding the relationship between canine genetics and diseases could eventually lead to the development of new treatments for diseases and illnesses in humans.Dog genes and human diseasesHumans and dogs may be more alike than we think. For one, they share a number of diseases, such as…

Stem Cell Research to Benefit Horse Owners and Trainers

Damage to bones, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons are common in horses used in racing, polo, and equestrian. In a potential breakthrough, Melbourne researchers are trying to harness stem cells to repair these damages.Horse injuriesBone, cartilage, ligament, and tendon injuries in horses range from a minor inflammation to a complete rupture. The latter can lead to permanent lameness, eventually ending the competitive life of the horse. Once it suffers a ligament or tendon injury, the horse will…