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What the Nose Knows: Using Dogs for Odor Detection Research
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An illustrated Weeknights at the Wagner lecture with Dr. Jennifer Essler of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center Dogs are not necessarily the best noses around, but they possess one rare and important quality – the ability to communicate with humans. Because of this, dogs are used for scent detection in many domains, such as drug searches and explosives detection. Less well known, however, is dogs’ use in medical detection, being trained to sniff out cancers, and their potential use in searching for stolen antiquities. Jennifer Essler, a postdoctoral fellow at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center of the University of Pennsylvania, will talk about her research with odor detection dogs at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, where she investigates all these things and more with the center’s working dog group. Museum open until the talk begins at 6 p.m.