Dogs, Rodents May Prevent Future Epidemics

By Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News

Disease-detecting dogs and rodents may be trained to smell germs before they spread.

Scientists are focusing on avian influenza now, but they say other diseases may be detected by trained animals.

In the future, researchers hope to create an artificial nose that could smell diseases and prevent epidemics.

Disease-detecting dogs and mice may be trained to sniff out bird influenza and other deadly illnesses before they spread, suggests new research reported today at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society.

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