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Old dogs, new tricks: hunt the malaria

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By ITN News Editor October 30, 2018 13:29

Old dogs, new tricks: hunt the malaria

Forget catching a frisbee or fetching a ball; two-year-old springer spaniel Freya has new game to play: hunt the malaria. Scientists have found that dogs can be trained to sniff out the malaria parasite in lab-based experiments. They say dogs could one day be trained to detect the disease in people, even picking out an infected person from a crowd of otherwise healthy individuals. The experimental study is being presented at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Meeting in New Orleans, United States. Early stage trials were conducted at British charity Medical Detection Dogs, founded in 2008 to train specialist dogs to detect human diseases.

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By ITN News Editor October 30, 2018 13:29
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