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The hero rats of Africa sniff out landmines—and TB infections
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
The grass is still damp with dew as the sun begins to glint over the Uluguru Mountains. It’s only 7 a.m. in Morogoro, Tanzania, but Oprah and Malala and Taylor Swift and the others are already hard at work. They are heroes in the region, literal saviors to thousands of Tanzanians and those in the international community, as well. It is on this large swath of land that the Giant African Pouched Rats, often named by their handlers after celebrities or loved ones, are meticulously trained for nine months to sniff out land mines. ... read more


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