The human genome has been mapped, but this does not mean that it is now entirely understood. In fact, there are huge stretches of this vast expanse whose functions remain entirely impenetrable to researchers, if they even have purposes at all.
Still, scientists have been making study progress toward the important goal of coming to a comprehensive understanding of the secrets the human genome harbors. At the same time, other researchers have been making real strides toward understanding the genomes that characterize some of mankind’s most treasured companions.
Putting the Power of Understanding to Work in Pursuit of Canine Health
As a new post at the nanotox blog makes clear, dogs are now benefiting from the same kinds of genome-informed medicine that can help their owners live healthier lives. With every creature’s particular complement of genes influencing everything from its susceptibility to certain diseases to how it responds to treatments, understanding the genome can be a medical tool of essentially unrivaled power.
Researchers have traditionally focused more on the genes of human subjects than any others. At the same time, enough progress has been made in the field that there has been plenty of low hanging fruit of other kinds ripening along the way.
With scientists now possessing a fairly sophisticated and detailed understanding of the genome that is found in canine pets, these beloved animals are now more frequently benefiting in medical terms. Whether by assessing how likely a particular dog might be to develop a common disease or by designing genetically appropriate treatments, veterinarians and others are using the information locked up in the canine genome to help their patients thrive.
The Future is One Where Individualized Medicine Benefits Dogs, Too
In the field of human healthcare, attention has increasingly focused on the long awaited ability to design treatments that are carefully tailored to each patient’s basic biological realities. The same kinds of hopes are now becoming realistic in the field of veterinary medicine, and the benefits could be of a correspondingly impressive kind. While pets will likely lag behind human beings a bit when it comes to having access to such advanced medicine, they will probably not have to wait all that much longer.