Mice Trained to Sniff Out Disease

Mice Trained to Sniff Out Disease

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mice trained to sniff out diseaseScientists have trained mice to recognize the scent of bird flu in duck poop, and they think they can train dogs to do the same thing. If so, flu-sniffing animals could become a new line of defense in the fight against epidemics.

The latest findings focus on the detection of avian influenza, a.k.a. bird flu.

 But Bruce Kimball, a U.S. Department of Agriculture researcher who presented the study in Boston at a meeting of the American Chemical Society, suggested that the trick could be used to sniff out other diseases as well.

“To be honest with you, I think we could demonstrate this type of effect in a lot of areas,” he told me.

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