Could we one day use ants to help detect cancer? It might sound like a farfetched idea but it is currently being investigated by a team of researchers. This kind of approach could lead to a less invasive and less expensive alternative to current detection methods.
Researchers from France’s CNRS, Université Sorbonne Paris Nord, Institut Curie and Inserm have identified a species of ants with a particularly well-developed sense of smell: the Formica fusca. Their research findings are published in the journal, iScience.
Before being used on a large scale, “the efficacy of this method must now be assessed using clinical trials on a human being,” points out CNRS in a news release. “But this first study shows that ants have high potential, are capable of learning very quickly, at lower cost, and are efficient.”
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