Detect Explosives with Wasps

I found this article fascinating. Scientists have trained wasps to detect explosives and corpses, in situations where emergency management personnel would otherwise use dogs.

Scientists from the University of Georgia and USDA Agricultural Research Service are training a strain of the insects to detect everything from concealed explosives, drugs and human remains to -- hopefully -- diseases like cancer. The results will be published in the journal Biotechnology Progress in the next few months, and is already available online.

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Updated at: 28 October 2005 2:10 PM

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