Dogs help humans narrow down lymphoma genes

As any dog owner can tell you, humans and their canine friends share many things--from the backyard to the dinner table--but unfortunately they also share similar diseases like lymphoma. North Carolina State University researchers attempted to use genetic similarities between humans and dogs to narrow down which genes are responsible for Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. It turns out the disease is less complicated in dogs than in humans, which suggests that there's a lot of genetic "noise" in the human version of the disease. This helps researchers narrow down the genes responsible by focusing on the few genetic regions in the disease that are shared by humans and dogs. More here