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Honey Bees to Sniff Out Cancer

by Sheela Philomena on  November 25, 2013 at 11:26 AM Cancer News   - G J E 4
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Honey bees could be trained to detect certain early-stage cancers in humans, say researchers.

New research from Inscentinel, a UK-based firm specializing in insect research, suggested that honey bees could be trained to do such type of work.
 Honey Bees to Sniff Out Cancer
Honey Bees to Sniff Out Cancer

Using their breakthrough, Portuguese designer Susana Soares invented a glass device with two enclosures: a small chamber in which the patient breathes into and a larger chamber where trained bees are kept.

If the bees detect the odor they were trained to pinpoint they are going to rush into the smaller chamber where the breath is, Mashable reported.

Bees are able to detect odors that a human nose can't because of their super-sensitive sense of smell.

The bees are trained by exposing them to smell, then feeding them sugar, so they associate the odor with a food reward.

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