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‘Dogs are still the best’: But can a machine be taught to detect ovarian cancer with a ‘sniff’?

The ultimate goal was to develop an instrument that mimicked the abilities of a dog’s nose—a tool to detect the ...
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Anxious dog? Here are some things that may be stressing your furry friend

Nearly three out of four dogs exhibit some kind of serious behavioral problem related to anxiety, according to a survey involving nearly ...
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Podcast: How old is your dog in human years? Genetic study offers a new way to answer that question

How old is your four-legged best friend? Common wisdom says that a dog ages seven years for every human year ...
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Your dog may be paying closer attention to your words than you realize

Dogs pay much closer attention to what humans say than we realised, even to words that are probably meaningless to ...
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How old is your dog in human years? This calculator promises more accurate estimate, using epigenetics

Our Scotch collie, Buckaroo, is just shy of 14 years old. Following the long-debunked but still popular idea that one ...
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How the brains of different dog breeds have evolved to meet our needs

As humans have gone, so have their canine companions. But a new study shows the subtle ways our long-lasting partnership ...
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How man’s best friend is helping us battle cancer

[T]he Moonshot initiative is promoting new ways to study cancer, particularly in the promising area of immunotherapy. And it specifically ...
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Purebred? How humans invented the modern concept of ‘dog breeds’

Modern purebred dog breeds were created in Victorian Britain ...
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Why your dog really can tell if you are sick

I was sick last week, and as [my Chihuahua] Midge was glued to my side, friends told me about their ...
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Precision medicine for dogs? Silicon Valley startup wants to make it happen

When pet dogs are diagnosed with cancer, they typically get surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation — that is, of course, if ...
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10,000-year-old remains suggest dogs reached North America earlier than previously thought

The skeletal remains of three ancient dogs found buried in Illinois now represent the earliest evidence for the presence of ...
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What the bulldog’s distinctive tail can tell us about this rare human genetic disorder

One of the most distinctive body parts of your typical English bulldog, French bulldog, or Boston terrier—their coiled screw tail—might ...
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Are dogs really all that smart? This study says ‘no’

If you are convinced your dog is a genius, you may be disappointed in the conclusions of a study just published ...
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DNA test for your dog? Here’s what your vet thinks about it

[T]he direct-to-dog-owner market has become bigger and more crowded: Embark, DNA My Dog, and Paw Print Genetics are just a few ...
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Chocolate labs plagued by consumer-driven ‘genetic bottleneck’

New research shows that chocolate Labrador retrievers are more likely to experience health problems and die younger compared to their ...
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Where did Europe’s original dogs go?

The first farmers to arrive in Europe from the Middle East brought their dogs along with them, effectively wiping out ...
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Dogs and words: Do they really understand what we’re saying?

A new study by scientists at Emory University and published Monday [Oct. 15] in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience suggests dogs possess ...
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Is a robotic dog as good as the real thing?

Scientists have long understood the psychological benefits of computerized companions. Studies have shown they can help combat loneliness among the elderly, motivate students in ...
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CRISPR treatment for dogs with muscular dystrophy could one day lead to a cure for humans

Dogs suffering from muscular dystrophy are having their genomes edited with CRISPR, and the results are “mind-blowing.” Researchers from Texas ...
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Alpha: Examining Hollywood’s tale of dog domestication

Long ago, before your four-legged best friend learned to fetch tennis balls or watch football from the couch, his ancestors ...
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Reasons to be wary of the ‘untamed wilderness’ of dog DNA tests

The claims that dog DNA-testing companies make can seem all but definitive: One quick cheek swab can not only tell ...
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We talk to our dogs. Do they understand the words we use?

Dogs know what 'get the ball' means, but do they truly understand what we say? ...
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Does your dog have what it takes to be a hero?

[I]n the journal Learning and Behavior, scientists report that the dogs most likely to come to the aid of their owners are those ...
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Video: Why having a dog can put you in a ‘state of calm’

Your pets have a larger effect on your body and brain than you might think. They have the ability to ...
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Talking Biotech: Pet dogs with genetic diseases testing ground for gene therapy

Journalist Emily Mullin: Gene therapies becoming more promising but restricted in humans because of safety concerns, prompting some researchers to ...