A Machine That Sniffs Out Cancer

Metabolomx sniffs out diseases normally detected by biopsy
Metabolomx's machine requires patients to breathe in and out of a tube for four minutes Photograph by Cody Pickens for Bloomberg Businessweek

A few years ago researchers in California received widespread attention for showing that dogs can smell cancer on a human’s breath. With 99 percent accuracy the canines could detect if a person had lung or breast cancer, beating the best figures from standard laboratory tests. Subsequent studies confirmed the results and provided further evidence that dogs really are man’s best friend.

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