Would you rather have a human or pigeons scrutinize medical images to detect the presence of cancer?
At first blush, it seems like an absurd question. But if you went out on a limb and chose pigeons, their diagnoses, surprisingly, would rival a human’s in accuracy.
In a thought-provoking study, researchers trained pigeons to look at anatomical images and distinguish between benign and malignant breast tissue. After about 14 days on the job, a pigeon flying solo could scope out cancerou