Madison Dapcevich over at IFL (one of our favorites) has an interesting article about dogs being trained to sniff out cancer. It sounds like a sci-fi short but they’ve already trained
Madison Dapcevich (reporting)
Using a form of positive reinforcement behavioral training called clicker training, the team taught four 2-year-old beagles to distinguish between noncancerous blood serum and samples taken from patients with lung cancer. Though the aptly named Snuggles wasn’t up to the test, the other three dogs correctly identified lung cancer samples 96.7 percent of the time and normal samples 97.5 percent of the time by scent alone.
You can read the full article HERE.