10 Jul 2015

The Best Dog-gone Study Ever!

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Do you love dogs?

Of course you do.

How 'bout science?

Yes,  you love science too.

Then you will double-dog love this new Citizen Science project that you - and your dog - can participate in!

It's easy - all you have to do is wait for your dog to poop. Then stoop, scoop - and mail that poop to Oregon State University.
Yes, you read that right.

Researchers at the university would be most grateful if you mailed samples of your pet's poo to them for a study on dog microbiomes. They want to find out what's going on inside dogs' guts, and what mini-critters live in there. And the best way to figure it out is by looking at pooches' poo under the microscope. Lots of poo.

So go, ahead, stoop for science! You can find all the deets  on how you and your dog can enroll here.

Not a fan of 'pooping a letter' in the mailbox?  You can still participate in great dog-related science investigations. You'll find many other research studies, some as easy as answering a dog-related quiz, at the Dog Science Group.

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