The fatal canine Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome gene discovered by Helsinki University found in 2 breeds (so far) may help human lung disease research.
ACUTE RESPIRATORY DISEASE (ARDS) GENE
Delilah Penn, Staff Reporter
I was looking up lung problems for my grandfather who has COPD and I came across this exciting information about another way dogs help us.
I know the research isn’t far enough along to help his breathing problems but I wanted him to know that new discoveries happen every day. He likes my dogs so I knew he'd be interested in this.
Researchers at the University of Helsinki (I looked it up, that’s in Finland, between Sweden and Russia!) have made a lot of health discoveries. TheDogPress.com recently ran something about that same university discovering a gene in Rhodesian Ridgebacks that rescue human epileptics#1 but right now I want to tell you about the lung disease research in dogs.
This is what the University said and it sure caught my eye. “A
novel gene associated with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) in dogs
has been uncovered by scientists. The new research on this fatal disease may
also help us understand the mechanisms of respiratory diseases in humans.”
Well yeah, I googled for a couple of the examples she gave me and I get it. I guess the one that best sums up the fraud in health studies and blood draws at specialty shows is this one, Health Testing Hype.#2
Whatever. I decided respiratory problems in those puppies could have been environmental instead of hereditary. Here's the interesting article on High Uric Acid - Dalmatian DNA#3 but nothing relating to lung problems, hereditary or otherwise.
I did find a lot of health and vitamin supplements#4 that will help with COPD, so we’re going to add a couple of those to his breathing medications.
Footnote: "All related dogs (for several generations) were removed from the breeding population and the disease has not been seen for years. Tissue samples and blood were frozen at that time and were used by the researchers who developed the DNA test. This is a fantastic example of breeders addressing a health issue and working together to eliminate it." by Sue MacMillan, AKC judge and mentor, DCA Board Member
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