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Rats!—Tanzania and Belgium partner on rodent science

A Tanzanian university and a Belgian non-governmental organisation are offering postgraduate scholarships targeting the use of rodents in diagnostic medicine.

Sokoine University of Agriculture will partner with APOPO, a Belgian NGO that promotes the use of rats in tuberculosis and landmine detection, in offering funding for five PhD and one masters student.

The five PhDs will focus on a range of areas: assessing the ability of APOPO’s African giant pouched rats in early detection of TB, detection of the disease from urine samples, the rats reproductive behaviour, the influence of nutrition in the rodents’ performance, and the evolution of odour in their development stages.

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