Canines Helping to Cure Cancer

The Tallwood Canine Cancer Research Initiative.

At The Jackson Laboratory (JAX), we are committed to searching for cures for human disease, and we’ve asked some unusual partners to help us: man’s best friend! By researching canines, we not only help humans, but dogs too.

The Tallwood Canine Cancer Research Initiative at JAX is the first of its kind: it will create a biobank of fully sequenced dog tumors that scientists around the world can use in their cancer research. Human and canine cancers are very similar, and our goal is to use insights we learn about the mechanism of canine cancer genetics to help develop future predictors and treatments for humans and dogs too.

This major research initiative was made possible with a $500,000 gift by an anonymous donor from Connecticut.

JAX is working with veterinarians across the country to collect tumor samples from canine cancer patients whose owners volunteer to participate in the program. Comparing cancerous mutations in dogs of the same breed and across mixed breeds is expected to yield crucial information in better understanding cancer’s roots and aid the development of future treatments. The program was launched with the help of Patrick, a happy and healthy Irish wolfhound whose blood sample was the very first one used in genome sequencing for comparison to cancer genomes of sick dogs.

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For general inquiries about our research and how to participate in the program, please contact us at tccri@jax.org.


Canines Helping to Cure Cancer: In the News

  • A $500,000 gift by an anonymous donor from Connecticut has helped JAX launch a major new research initiative focused on finding cures for human and canine cancers. Research Highlight December 28, 2017

    Finding better cancer treatments

    A $500,000 gift by an anonymous donor from Connecticut has helped JAX launch the Tallwood Cancer Canine Research Initiative, which is focused on finding cures for human and canine cancers.