Jul 06, 2008
I come across this interesting blog entry. The blogger posts under the name of Virtual Buck. The entry touches the use of hens in the study of ovarian cancer. The blogger said that the lack of a suitable animal model has hampered the study of ovarian cancer and the humble hen may be the solution. According to the blog entry:
Since hen's ovulate every day, by the time they've completed their second year of lay, they have approximately the same reproductive age as a menopausal woman, each having ovulated 450 to 500 times. That is a lot of tear and repair and it is a this time that both women and hens are usually afflicted with ovarian cancer. The incidence in a 2 year old hen is 4%, but in a 6 year old hen, the incidence of ovarian cancer approaches 50%. This provides a relatively short period of time in which the entire disease can be studied.
I do not have a science background but it seems to make sense to me. Hopefully, one day there would be an effective cure for ovarian cancer.
Link to the my blog entry with the link to full text:
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