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Susana Soares' Glass Sculptures Use Honey Bees to Detect Cancer

 - Nov 25, 2013
References: dezeen & swiss-miss
Susana Soares is a Portugese designer who has come up with a truly fascinating way to detect cancer that involves no kind of technology at all.

This method of cancer detection uses artfully blown glass sculptures that a patient can blow into. Trained bees are let into the glass and if they detect a particular odour from the patient’s breath, they will move into a secondary glass chamber.

Honey bees have a more acute sense of smell than sniffer dogs and scientists are using them to detect particular chemical scents associated with various cancers as well as other diseases like tuberculosis. What’s even more incredible is that the honey bees can be trained within 10 minutes. Soares’ cancer detecting device was recently showcased at Dutch Design Week 2013 and already, it has piqued the interests of several charities and as a means to detect early signs of illness in developing countries.