Nomination involves creating a secure user portal and providing comprehensive health and lifestyle information about the dog through questionnaires and the sharing of veterinary medical records.
The project is a joint operation between the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.
If scientists find a genetic marker for a type of cancer in dogs, for instance, that could be explored in humans. The organizers hope their project will become the canine equivalent of large-cohort human research projects like the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging or the Framingham Heart Study. All together, it will be the largest-ever study on aging in dogs.
The five-year study was formally launched Thursday at a science meeting in Austin, Texas. "Their information will allow us to begin carrying out important research on aging in dogs". Could your dog be a candidate? The dogs' health will be followed for their entire lifetimes, and the mass amounts of data will be kept in an open platform that can be accessed and analyzed by scientists around the world.
Leslie Lambert of Parkville, Maryland, enrolled her 11-one year-passe rescue dogs, Oscar, in an early share of the gaze. 'Unfortunately, he ages mighty, mighty faster than I carry out'. 'Just because we can, should we?'
"It is important to me that our work benefits dogs directly", vet Kate Creevy, associate professor at Texas A&M's College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, said in a statement.
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Pooches from every one of the 50 states, and everything being equal, sizes, and breeds may apply. A Colossal Dane's lifespan is about half that of a toy poodle's.
That makes large dogs better test subjects for the pill. Canines weighing at the least 40 kilos will be eligible for an experiment with the drug, known as rapamycin, which is at this time taken by folks to discontinue rejection of transplanted kidneys.
The multi-institutional team's goal is not merely to increase lifespan, but extend healthspan: the period spent free from disease.
Human devotion to dogs drives projects like this, the scientists said.
'People love dogs, ' said Dr Promislow, who normally studies ageing in fruit flies.
Owners will gladly fill out surveys, send records and submit a pup's poop for analysis if they think it will help all dogs live longer, even if it won't help their pet.