Dogs Can Sniff Out Cancer With 97 Percent Accuracy, Study Shows By Elias Marat for The Mind Unleashed
During the study, the scientists utilized a behavioral technique known as “clicker training” to instruct four beagles to tell the difference between blood serum belonging to healthy people and samples taken from people with malignant lung cancer.
While one of the participating beagles, Snuggles, was “unmotivated to perform during training,” the other three beagles reached an average accuracy rate of 96.7 percent when identifying lung cancer samples and 97.5 percent when detecting the healthy samples.
This work is very exciting because it paves the way for further research along two paths, both of which could lead to new cancer-detection tools. One is using canine scent detection as a screening method for cancers, and the other would be to determine the biologic compounds the dogs detect and then design cancer-screening tests based on those compounds.
The team hopes that the study could help pave the way to larger-scale research projects that can unlock the power of canine scent detection as an efficient means of ultimately identifying cancer biomarkers.
The team is planning further research in November, when breast cancer patients will donate samples of their breath for trained cancer-sniffing dogs in hopes that the samples can be separated into their chemical components and presented to the dogs.
This article was sourced from The Mind Unleashed.