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Dogs test anti-aging drug in early trial

(FiercePharma) In news sure to thrill dog lovers everywhere, VCA Animal Hospitals announced that it has completed a trial with the University of Washington of a medicine scientists think might be able to slow aging in man's best friend. The study looked at the safety and tolerability of rapamycin, a drug that is currently FDA approved for some people undergoing organ transplants, as well as some patients with cancer.
Previously, the drug--which is made by a soil bacterium--had been shown to extend the lives of mice, yeast, flies and worms, according to a recent New York Times story featuring the research…
Following the study, University of Washington aging scientist Dr. Matt Kaeberlein reported that rapamycin caused no significant side effects, and dogs receiving the medicine had hearts that pumped blood more efficiently. Next up, the team hopes to conduct a 5-year study in 450 dogs, pending much-needed funding, the Times said.
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