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Heroic rats detect landmines, tuberculosis in Tanzania to save lives

Rats can easily discover hidden landmines and sniff out the explosive (TNT) present in them. Photograph: (AFP)

AFP New Delhi, India Sep 15, 2016, 10.57 AM (IST) WION Edge
A Belgian non-profit organisation, Apopo, has discovered that giant pouched rats are capable of detecting landmines and tuberculosis. The NGO is, therefore, training these rats to sniff out landmines and tuberculosis in Tanzania as part of a project which could one day use the rodents to diagnose cancer.

Finding the hidden explosives is dangerous for people. What makes these giant African rats the perfect candidates for detecting the land mines is the extraordinary sense of smell that they posses and their light weight, which enables them to walk over the landmines without setting them off.

They can easily discover hidden landmines and sniff out the explosive (TNT) present in them.


 
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