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.
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.
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.