PicturePhoto: SusanaSoares.com
Here is the latest entry in our ongoing coverage of unorthodox cancer-fighting strategies: trained honeybees that can actually smell cancer.

From MashableNew research from Inscentinel, a UK-based firm specializing in insect research, suggests that honey bees can be trained to detect certain early-stage cancer in humans.

Yes, honeybees may be the trained, much like service dogs, to help save lives. Their ultra-sensitive sense of smell has already been harnessed to aid in the detection of explosive devices, but scientists believe these bees can be used to identify “biomarkers associated with tuberculosis, lung cancer, skin cancer and diabetes” — each of which can all be detected through smell on a patient’s breath.

Susana Sores, a Portuguese designer/researcher, has developed a device that will allow patients to take advantage of these bees’ phenomenal sniffers, while keeping them safe from beestings. Early results are very encouraging, so this appears to be a development worth tracking.

• Inscentinel.com (official 
• Susana Sores (official website)

 



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