Mice and dogs hold promise for disease surveillance

08/25/2010 | Discovery

A new study suggests that disease-detecting mice and dogs might be trained to smell fatal illnesses such as avian influenza before they progress. In one study, researchers said they were able to train mice to identify the feces of ducks infected with bird flu. The finding could aid in the development of an artificial electronic nose that could sniff out diseases and prevent epidemics.

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