Can Dogs Smell Cancer?

Writing in the journal Gut, researchers in Japan say they’ve trained a dog to detect bowel cancer in humans. Monell Chemical Senses Center Director Gary Beauchamp describes how odor and disease may be related, and why he thinks dogs probably won’t be used for diagnosing.

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Gary Beauchamp

Gary Beauchamp is the emeritus director and president of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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About Annette Heist

Annette Heist is a former senior producer for Science Friday.