About thirteen years ago, Jamie Modiano, V.M.D, Ph.D., from the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine, began a collaborative research process with members of the Broad Institute, Ohio State University, and North Carolina State University. The goal of the group: to understand more about Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) and how it is similar between canines and humans.
Osteosarcoma is a rare disease in humans most commonly found in children. The condition is far more common in dogs, however. According to Modiano, there are about 10,000 bone cancer cases in dogs annually compared to less than 1,000 in humans.
“While the disease impacts more dogs than humans, the clinical behavior of the disease is very similar,” Modiano said.