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Developing a New Tool to Study Viral Infections and Cancer in Dogs

In humans, a powerful immunologic reagent called a tetramer is standardly used to visualize changes in the body’s killer T-cells. These cells respond to immunologic challenges and are critical to the body’s immune system. Current knowledge of T-cell behavior in dogs could be significantly advanced with the development of a dog-specific tetramer. Researchers will work to construct the first canine tetramer, which would then be used in the development of vaccines for infectious diseases and cancer in dogs.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Paul R. Hess, North Carolina State University

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Study ID: D15CA-015