A new study is looking for 10,000 dogs to understand how certain factors influence aging

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Not everyone will agree on this.


News outlets report that scientists are looking for 10,000 pets for the “Dog Aging Project.”


This is what the Dog Aging Project’s website says: “The goal of the Dog Aging Project is to understand how genes, lifestyle, and environment influence aging. We want to use that information to help pets and people increase healthspan, the period of life spent free from disease.”


This is what will happen: First of all, dogs’ parents will have to register their furbaby on https://dogagingproject.org/ and then there will be a selection from the dogs who registered.


You cannot register more than one dog.


The project is open to all kinds of dogs, any size, any age, any breed in the 50 states of the United States (excluding US territories).


The parents of the selected dogs will be provided with a kit to sample their dog’s saliva for genetic testing.


They may have to complete special activities with their dog and report back on their performance.


This means that the dogs who will participate in the study, will remain in their home with their families, live their day-to-day life, and see their regular vet.


Owners of some dogs will also be asked to visit nearby veterinary specialists for certain tests.


This study will take place in the U.S. but if you live outside the U.S. and are interested in the project, you can visit: https://darwinsark.org/


The Dog Aging Project is supported by U19 grant AG057377 from the National Institute on Aging, a part of the National Institutes of Health, and by private donations.


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