"A study published this week points to the potential of someday using sharp-nosed animals to detect tumors quickly and cheaply".
"The ant oncologist will see you now.
Ants live in a world of odor. Some species are completely blind. Others rely so heavily on scent that ones that lose track of a pheromone trail march in a circle, until dying of exhaustion.
Ants have such a refined sense of smell, in fact, that researchers are now training them to detect the scent of human cancer cells.
A study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences highlights a keen ant sense and underscores how someday we may use sharp-nosed animals — or, in the case of ants, sharp-antennaed — to detect tumors quickly and cheaply. That’s important because the sooner that cancer is found, the better the chances of recovery."
Dino Grandoni reports for the Washington Post January 24, 2023.