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  1. Giant Rats Trained To Sniff Out TB

    The African giant pouched rat is at the forefront of a new initiative to more efficiently identify tuberculosis, following its success in sniffing out land mines. In Tanzania and Mozambique, highly-trained rats can assess more human fluid samples in ten minutes than a lab technician can in a day. Rodents are less discerning and thorough than humans, but affordable innovation is essential in the fight against TB, which claimed 480,000 lives in Africa in 2012.

    National Geographic

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