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By Glen J. Golden
Colorado State University 

The scent of sickness: 5 questions answered about using dogs – and mice and ferrets – to detect disease

 

January 13, 2021



(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)

(THE CONVERSATION) Editor's note: As COVID-19 continues to spread worldwide, scientists are analyzing new ways to track it. One promising approach is training dogs to detect people who are infected by smelling samples of human urine or sweat. Research scientist Glen Golden, who has trained dogs and ferrets to detect avian flu in birds, explains why certain animals are well suited to sniff out sickness.

1. Which species have a nose for disease?

Some animals have highly developed...



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