Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018

Diagnostic dogs being trained to find prostate cancer


(ANSA) - Genoa, September 20 - A study proposing a new
method using dogs for diagnosing prostate cancer in men was
presented on Thursday at the 19th National Urology Congress in
Genoa, Italy.
The project, led by Gianluigi Taverna from the Humanitas
Clinical Institute, in collaboration with Lieutenant Colonel
Lorenzo Tidu from the Italian military veterinary center uses
the heightened olfactory abilities of trained police canines to
identify cancer cells in urine.
Scientists and veterinarians are training two dogs, a
German shepherd and a Belgian shepherd, to recognize and
identify the molecule present in cancerous cells.
From the animals' reactions, scientists will subsequently
be able to create an artificial nose that can be used in the

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