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ERIC Number: EJ947344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0738-6729
Tuberculosis Detection by Giant African Pouched Rats
Poling, Alan; Weetjens, Bart; Cox, Christophe; Beyene, Negussie; Durgin, Amy; Mahoney, Amanda
Behavior Analyst, v34 n1 p47-54 Spr 2011
In recent years, operant discrimination training procedures have been used to teach giant African pouched rats to detect tuberculosis (TB) in human sputum samples. This article summarizes how the rats are trained and used operationally, as well as their performance in studies published to date. Available data suggest that pouched rats, which can evaluate many samples quickly, are sufficiently accurate in detecting TB to merit further investigation as a diagnostic tool. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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