Saturday, May 8, 2021

Good Bee! Roll Over! Find the COVID-19!

For starters, dogs can detect anything with their superhuman sense of smell, including COVID-19.

Proving Bees have the same superpower, a group of Dutch scientists enlisted the help of bees.

That's the sweet and short summary of this story. A group of scientists trained 150 bees to detect the virus.

They say dogs are man's best friend in the animal kingdom, but perhaps a second look at bees is in order.

"Roll over buzzy!" Now there's a good bee."

What's really amazing is the fact the bees can be trained in minutes. Yes, minutes. Dogs take a bit longer to be trained as we all know.

The simple apparatus - the method of delivery - can achieve a roughly 95 percent accuracy rate by using multiple bees per sample.

The good news is that the scientists developed a prototype machine that can train bees to detect the virus. Bees are everywhere, so low-income countries now would have an alternative to PCR tests.

The internet is abuzz with this latest tool to detect the virus. It's good news in the battle against the pandemic that has affected millions of people.

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