Portuguese designer Susana Soares has developed a device for detecting
cancer and other serious diseases using trained bees. The bees are
placed in a glass chamber into which the patient exhales; the bees fly
into a smaller secondary chamber if they detect cancer.
have found that honey bees - Apis mellifera - have an extraordinary
sense of smell that is more acute than that of a sniffer dog and can
detect airborne molecules in the parts-per-trillion range.
can be trained to detect specific chemical odours, including the
biomarkers associated with diseases such as tuberculosis, lung, skin and