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African pouch rat

SENSITIVE SCHNOZ  African giant pouched rats are trained to sniff sputum in the lab and pause at TB-infected samples.

pile of plastic trash

TRASH STASH  Scientists have modified a bacterial enzyme to make it even better at breaking down PET, a plastic widely used in disposable water bottles.

packaged meat

GUT WRENCHING  Pathogen detectors built into food packaging could help curb the spread of foodborne illness.

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