In an effort to ferret out those trying to carry and conceal hidden bombs, drugs or other suspect materials, one Israeli company claims they have trained mice to sniff out any potential threats.
BioExplorers have developed a system where a person is hit by a small blast of air that is immediately pushed into a chamber where eight mice are waiting. The mice then smell the air for potentially hazardous or incendiary materials. They can even detect money.
If the person is a threat, the mice reportedly know to gather in a separate compartment as a means of alerting humans, AFP News learned.
“The idea began in 2000-2001, when there were many suicide bombings on [Israeli] buses,” BioExplorers founder and chief technology officer Eran Lumbroso was quoted as saying at the Israel Homeland Security exhibition in Tel Aviv.
AFP News learned that mice allegedly have even better senses of smell than dogs, however.
“The mice can also be easily trained, and thanks to their small size, you can use a small group of them and have multiple sensors,” added Lumbroso.
The animals reportedly work for four hours, before the next eight-mouse shift takes over. BioExplorer researchers also told the news service that they are careful to give the mice better treatment than that given to ordinary lab rodents.
Source: CBS WASHINGTON