In cancer research, we all know that early detection is the key to effective treatment. Can (wo)man's best bud diagnose cancer too? A group from California reports that they could train Lab Retrievers and Portuguese Water Dogs to accurately diagnose cancer by sniffing a patient's breath. They argue that the dogs are responding to cancer-specific chemicals emitted in the patient's breath, but it is not clear from this report whether the dogs are indeed responding to such chemicals or those induced by radiation or chemotherapy. Even if dogs truly can detect cancer, it remains to be seen whether they can do so before the disease is picked up by conventional diagnostic technology. But of course the most important question of all...is this diagnostic training heritable...???
In entertainment, Hollywood is finally paying tribute to the original explorer-scientist primate...check out the trailer for the upcoming Curious George flick.
The soundtrack, done by Jack Johnson with a little Ben Harper, is fun too.