Dogs Sniff Out Malaria and Cancer

When someone is about to have a seizure, or their blood sugar is running low, their breath, urine, and skin changes odor. So, researchers at Durham University used dogs to sniff out malaria parasites in children’s socks and accurately predicted malaria 70% of the time and predicted uninfected samples 90% of the time. They want to use dogs as “chemical detectors” that can also be used to detect the early stages of lung cancer. Researchers are hoping they can use this to develop an electronic sensor that can replicate those dog sniffing capabilities.

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