Bart Jan Christiane Weetjens: Whereas dogs are "man's best friend," socially accepted and widely used for all kinds of detection applications, giant African pouched rats represent an excellent alternative with many advantages over dogs, apart from the social acceptance (see https://www.
Giant African pouched rats are also quite robust and resilient to tropical diseases.
Using giant African pouched rats to detect tuberculosis in human sputum samples: 2010 findings.
Giant African pouched rats as detectors of tuberculosis in human sputum: Comparison of two techniques for sputum presentation.
Teaching giant African pouched rats to find landmines: Operant conditioning with real consequences.
Ten giant African pouched rats
(Cricetomys gambianus) were trained to screen sputum samples.
Researchers recently have demonstrated that giant African pouched rats (Cricetomys gambianus) trained through operant olfactory stimulus discrimination procedures can detect the presence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which causes tuberculosis (TB), in human sputum samples (Mahoney et al.
African pouched rats for the detection of pulmonary tuberculosis in sputum samples.
Landmine detection by giant African pouched rats
(Cricetomys gambianus): A comparison of two strategies.