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Bart Weetjens:
How I taught rats to sniff out land mines

TEDxRotterdam 2010 · 12:11 · Filmed Jun 2010
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Bart Weetjens: How I taught rats to sniff out land mines
12:11 · Filmed June 2010 at TEDxRotterdam 2010 · Subtitles available in 30 languages

No one knows exactly how many landmines still litter the world, but it's safe to safe: millions, waiting to kill and maim unsuspecting civilians. Clearing them is slow, expensive and dangerous. The founder of Apopo. Bart Weetjens, talks about his extraordinary project: training rats to sniff out land mines. He shows clips of his "hero rats" in action, and previews his work's next phase: teaching them to turn up tuberculosis in the lab.

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The founder of Apopo, Bart Weet­jens, is train­ing rats to detect landmine explosives in minute amounts. Full bio
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