Why Are These Pigeons Being Trained To Identify Cancer?

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You might not think that pigeons would be much use when it comes to detecting cancer. You'd be wrong. Scientists have trained the birds to identify cancerous cells in slides and X-rays, and they've turned out to be surprisingly good at it. Like 85 percent accuracy good—comparable to doctors' results. The pigeons have turned out to be pretty helpful when it comes to developing new methods and technology for detection. Keep scrolling to find more instances of animals intersecting with health.

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