Old dogs, new tricks: 10,000 pets needed for science
In this Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 photo, University of Washington School of Medicine researcher Daniel Promislow, the principal investigator of the Dog Aging Project grant, rubs the head of his elderly dog Frisbee at their home in Seattle. Can old dogs teach us new tricks? Hoping to shed light on human longevity, scientists need 10,000 pet dogs for the largest-ever study of healthy aging in canines. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Carla K. Johnson, The Associated Press
Published Thursday, November 14, 2019 7:30AM EST
SEATTLE -- Scientists are looking for 10,000 pet dogs for the largest-ever study of aging in canines. They hope old dogs can teach us new tricks, or even shed light on human longevity.
The project launched Thursday will collect a pile of pooch data. And a small group will test a pill that could slow the aging process. Owners can nominate their pets by visiting the Dog Aging Project website.
Researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine are organizing the effort with a veterinarian from Texas A&M University. They say what we learn about how dogs age could lead to advances for human health.
Dogs in the study will live at home and follow their usual routines. All ages and sizes, purebreds and mutts are welcome.