…this July three U.S. universities will start the next stage of work—testing his candidate vaccine’s ability to prevent all types of cancer in dogs. It will be the largest interventional canine clinical trial ever conducted, involving at least 800 healthy pets. (The second-largest was a cardiology trial with 360 dogs.) Half the dogs will be randomly selected to receive the shot, and the others will be injected with a placebo. Both groups will then be tracked over five years for signs of cancer or any concerning side effects.
This is potentially huge for both canine’s and, eventually, people. Cancer is a major killer of dogs. I edited the excerpt to show that the 800 study dogs will be pets, not Beagles bred to be tested upon and then killed. The goal in this study is a long life for all dogs.