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In the July 2000 issue of Atlantic magazine there is an article about dogs
being stolen and otherwise unethically acquired by dealers who sell them to
medical-research institutions, "From the Leash to the Laboratory."   One
paragraph states, "The price structure that has evolved puts certain breeds
particularly at risk.  The most valuable dogs are Labrador retrievers, German
shepherds and shepherd mixes, Dalmatians, spaniels, golden retrievers and
border collies.  Sometimes called 'serum dogs,' owing to backwoods folklore
that a serum made from the blood of these dogs could cure cancer, they are
prized by labs becaue they have large chests, which makes them preferred
subjects for cardiovascular research."  Not pleasant reading overall.

Linda R.
Pacifica, CA