Sunday, January 22, 2006

Consider The Source

A small clinic in northern California claims that they have trained dogs to sniff out and identify present/future cancer patients, by merely letting the dog smell the subject's breath. Supposedly, these canines have identified affected patients with 99% accuracy rate. The animals are trained to recognize the scent of specific chemicals produced by the body, that scientists believe are generated as a byproduct from patients suffering from cancer. Although this promising breakthrough may help with the diagnosis of certain cancers, take into consideration that "man's best friend" keen sense of smell also causes unexplainable behavior such as; rolling in "yard bombs", and licking other dogs ... you know, and attempting to mate your leg. Would you accept a diagnosis from Fido?


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