Cancer in Australian dogs
Kit gene mutations in canine mast cell tumours
This animal science project aims to develop a comprehensive picture of the prevalence of specific spontaneous mutations in c-Kit in an unbiased population of Australian dogs.
In the era of molecular diagnostics and molecular targeted cancer therapy, it is useful to know the probability that a particular tumour has a particular molecular characteristic.
This ongoing project will provide such data for the Australian dog population. The project has funding from the Australian Companion Animal Health Foundation
Key methodology: DNA extraction & purification, PCR, collection of demographic data.
Study companion animal health
Anne Peaston has many interests, some of which are reflected in her honours projects, such as cancer genetics and predisposition in dogs, and unique features of cat biology.
Her major research project examines gene expression in cells predestined to become cancers, and what junk DNA has to do with the process of cancer formation.