Dogs have been important to humans as both companions and workers for millennia. Now, they could be vital in the search to find a cure for brain cancer.
Diffuse gliomas are a common form of brain cancer. They develop in the central nervous system and affect glial cells in the brain.
Doctors find these tumors notoriously difficult to treat, and survival rates are low, with only 5% of people surviving for 5 years or more.
There is an undeniable gap in knowledge about these cancers. Scientists do not understand their molecular pathology or how the glial cells progress to malignancy.