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Trained Rats are Detecting Tuberculosis and Saving Lives | Georgies Mgode | TEDxKenmoreSquare

By Georgies Mgode

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Tuberculosis (TB) is the number one global killer by an infectious disease. In Tanzania, a team is embracing an innovative and efficient method to speed up the diagnosis of TB that involves integrating super-sniffer rats to quickly identify patients. These trained rats are helping to save lives. Dr. Georgies Mgode grew up in the southern highlands of Tanzania where his passion for animals was born and where he first encountered the African giant pouched rat. He specializes in zoonotic diseases with particular interest in tuberculosis (TB), and one of his key achievements has been identifying the volatile organic compounds that make up the odor of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium causing TB.

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Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2019
Publisher TedX Talks
Size/Length 21:07
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnoK56_-K0M
Language English
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Human-animal interactions
  3. Mammals
  4. olfaction
  5. open access
  6. Rats
  7. Rodents
  8. Tanzania
  9. Tuberculosis
  10. Working animals
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  1. open access