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 Post subject: Sniffing Out Cancer: Dogs Are the Pros in Pennsylvania Lab
PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:40 am 
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(PHILADELPHIA) -- Ohlin Frank, a chocolate lab, is only on his fourth training session at Penn Vet Working Dog Center, but he has been able to detect ovarian cancer tissue 100 percent of the time.

He and his fellow trainee, McBaine Chamberlain, a springer spaniel, are part of an interdisciplinary research project at the University of Pennsylvania to help scientists discover a chemical footprint that might lead to earlier diagnostic tests to save human lives.

They are among 15 carefully bred detection dogs learning to sniff out explosives, drugs and missing people. And now, they will use their keen sense of smell to identify the earliest odor of ovarian cancer, a silent killer that is often diagnosed too late.

Cancer cells leave a detectable biomarker, just as asparagus can affect the smell of urine when eaten. Within two years, Penn Vet founder and executive director Cynthia M. Otto hopes the dogs can be trained to narrow down a specific odor so scientists can design an inexpensive and less-invasive blood test to catch ovarian cancer while it's still treatable.

"All dogs are really good at sniffing, but part of what gives them a huge advantage over us is the surface area of the olfactory receptors," Otto told ABC News as the dogs began their "search game" during a recent day's work at the lab.

After eight weeks of foundation training in obedience and agility, the dogs had already been introduced to the cancer tissue smell and were taught to sit when they found it.

"We had a party and played with them with toys," Otto said. "Then the game becomes, 'What do I have to do to get the toy?'"

"They get really excited and quickly figure out what they have to do to get their toys," she added.

Engineering students at Penn designed a large wheel with paint cans on the end of each spoke. Only one of the cans holds cancer tissue. ... 376043858/

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