Smelling Cancer


Designer Susana Soares has developed an astounding new tool that allows your average honeybee to detect early traces of cancer and other diseases by simply smelling your breath.

This technology relies on the honey bee’s acute sense of smell. The insects get trained to associate sugar water with a specific disease odor. When a subject breathes into the device, if the bees smell the odor they fly towards the glass feeding chamber indicating traces of the sickness. A bee can be trained to do this in just 10 minutes!