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Research Collaborations involving Physicians and Veterinarians

A recent article in the New York Times discussed research collaborations involving physicians and veterinarians working at both human and animal hospitals.  The article reported, “Exchanges of this sort are becoming increasingly common.  Once a narrow trail traveled by a few hardy pioneers, the road connecting veterinary colleges and human medical institutions has become a busy thoroughfare over the last five years or so, with a steady flow of researchers representing a wide variety of medical disciplines on both sides.  One reason is a growing frustration with the inefficiency of using the rodent model in lab research, which often fails to translate to human subjects.  So researchers are turning their attention to the naturally occurring diseases in dogs, horses, sheep and pigs, whose physiology and anatomy more closely resemble those of humans.”

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