From: "Eric Clark"
Date: May 16, 2011 10:46:51 AM EDT Hello Colleagues, Did you happen to see the Chemical & Engineering News (May 9, 2011, p 56) article regarding the cancer-sniffing dog? According C&EN, this amazing dog can correctly identify positive colorectal cancer from a patient's fecal specimen with 97% accuracy. As far as service animal jobs go, this one must be considered by dogs to be the epitome of all the sniffing jobs, leaving drug, explosive, and mercury-sniffing in a distant 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place. The next step for the researchers is to identify the compound that's unique to cancer. Perhaps this dog could also serve as a GC detector by sniffing what comes off of the chromatography column - the correct fraction being when the dog's tail wags. But I don't believe using a GC dog-detector is something research labs presently do do. Eric Eric Clark, MS, CCHO, CHMM Safety & Compliance Officer Los Angeles County Public Health Laboratory
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