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Research reveals 1 dog year is NOT equivalent to 7 human years

Scientists are saying a one-year-old dog is the equivalent of a 30-year-old human. The new research published in the Cell Systems journal reveals that dogs and humans don't age at the same rate.

By  Charles Lorenz
  • A study conducted at University of California San Diego School of Medicine shows dogs age at a faster rate earlier in their lives and later slow down.
  • The rate of aging decreases after dogs turn 7.

Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine studied the molecular changes in the DNA of Labradors. Lead author Trey Ideker says these results make perfect sense if you think about how a nine-month-old dog is already capable of having puppies. Scientists will test their findings on other breeds,t they have said the new formula applied in this study is "the first that is transferable across species".

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