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30 August 2010

Bird Flu Detection Takes a Novel Turn

Mice trained to zero in on infected duck feces in USDA experiment

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Kimball and colleagues at the Monell Chemical Senses Center were able to train mice to detect infected duck feces in a maze more than 90 percent of the time when they had the option of heading toward uninfected feces. The mice were rewarded with water when they correctly identified the infected samples.

 

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