Bees are probably one of the most acceptable insects on earth. Without them, who knows what the world would be like. They’re also really cute… It’s a shame we treat them the way we treat ourselves.
Recently there has been an article going around where honeybees are trained to sniff out cancer. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2013/11/25/honeybees-trained-to-sniff-out-cancer/
Honey bees are known for their great sense of smell. They don’t have noses but their feet, tongues, and antennae are filled with olfactory glands.
The article reads:
Portuguese scientist Susana Soares has invented a two-chambered glass dome that uses bees to snuff out cancer.
“The glass objects have two enclosures: a smaller chamber that serves as the diagnostic space and a bigger chamber where previously trained bees are kept for the short period of time necessary for them to detect general health,” Soares wrote on her website. “People exhale into the smaller chamber, and the bees rush into it if they detect on the breath the odor that they were trained to target.”
The bees are trained by exposing them to odor molecules produced by illnesses and are rewarded with sweats when they identify it. There is still a lot of testing to be done before this device could go public. If it’s proven to be accurate then it could be an inexpensive way to detect early stages of cancer and other illnesses.
How would you feel about putting your mouth on this thing?