ASU professor awarded $6.4M grant to test canine cancer vaccines

- An Arizona State University professor has received a $6.4 million grant to test canine cancer vaccines. 

The Open Philanthropy Project awarded the grant to Dr. Stephen Albert Johnston. He is the director for the Center for Innovations in Medicine, a Professor in the School of Life Sciences, and Director of the Biological Design Graduate Program at The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University.

He will study effectiveness of a new vaccine meant to prevent any type of cancer in dogs. Johnston and his team spent the last 10 years developing the new vaccine. It has already been tested on mice and is shown to be safe in dogs. 

At least 800 pets will take part in the test.

Senior Science Director for the project, Luhui Shen, says because cancer in dogs is similar to cancer in humans, the vaccine has the potential to help people.  

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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