Wildflower meadow at Swinethorpe.
Medical diagnostics, the value of nature
6 June 2012
This week in the Planet Earth Podcast: a look at how technology designed to measure air pollution may soon be used to smell disease on a patient's breath; and the steps British researchers are taking to put a value on all the benefits of nature that we often take for granted.
Richard Hollingham talks to Paul Monks from the University of Leicester and Tim Coats from Leicester Royal Infirmary to learn how environmental sensors typically used to measure air pollution are being tested by doctors hoping to detect disease at an early stage.
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Later, Richard meets Dave Raffaelli from the University of York to find out how scientists are attempting to put a value on the services that nature provides, such as clean water and air, and flood protection.
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