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Using Sniffer Rats to Detect Tuberculosis

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Uploaded on Jun 20, 2008

HeroRATs are trained by APOPO to save lives and limbs, by using their exceptional sense of smell to sniff out unexploded landmines and tuberculosis.
This video demonstrates the use of sniffer rats to detect TB in human sputum samples. On average, a lab technician can process 40 samples per day - a HeroRAT will screen the sample quantity of samples in just 7 minutes. Each week, APOPO's detection rats identify 10-15 new cases of TB, previously missed by traditional diagnostic methods.
To learn more about this life-saving work, visit APOPO's website: http://www.apopo.org/

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