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Giant Rats Are Sniffing Out Landmines and Tuberculosis

Giant Rats Are Sniffing Out Landmines and Tuberculosis

He’s made headlines for receiving the animal world’s highest medal of honor for his life-saving work detecting unexploded landmines across Cambodia. According to the organization, these rats can detect tuberculosis faster and more accurately than standard detection in developing countries. One rat can sniff 100 tuberculosis samples in less than 20 minutes, while a lab technician might take at least 4 days. Turns out the hero rats’ powerful noses can be used on just about anything that has an odor profile. So they’re currently in training to detect illegally trafficked wildlife, specifically pangolins, by sniffing outside of shipping containers.

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