More on the Tuberculosis Bees

LEFT: Proboscis-extension response confirms the presence of aroma compounds linked to Tuberculosis

A while back I wrote a post about how scientists are experimenting with bees to develop a low cost method for detecting Tuberculosis, a deadly disease most common in poverty stricken areas. At the time the research had just been covered by 3 News . However for those interested in the research, there is now a also well written article in the March issue of The Scientist – Magazine of the Life Sciences, simply entitled ‘T-Bee‘.

“The Scientist is the magazine for life science professionals—a print and digital publication dedicated to covering a wide range of topics central to the study of cell and molecular biology, genetics, and other life-science fields. Through innovative print articles, online stories, and multimedia features, the magazine explores the latest scientific discoveries, trends in research, innovative techniques, new technology, business, and careers. It is read by leading researchers in industry and academia who value penetrating analyses and broad perspectives on life-science topics both within and beyond their areas of expertise. Written by prominent scientists and professional journalists, articles in The Scientist are concise, accurate, accessible, and entertaining. ”

Experimental setup with bees restrained and ready for testing (Photo: Robert Lamberts)

Bees restrained and ready for testing (Photo: Robert Lamberts)

For more on Dr Max Suckling, one of the scientists involved in this research check out his video interview below:

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