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Hacking locust brains to detect cancer

Scientists found that locusts can sniff out tumors

Photo by Egor Kamelev: https://www.pexels.com/photo/closeup-photography-of-green-grasshopper-783489/

Imagine you were blindfolded and presented with either a green, unripe banana and a brown, spotty one. Just by sniffing them, you would likely be able to tell which one was which.

Similarly, cancer cells are different enough from healthy ones that they would have distinct “smells” that — at least in theory — could be…

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River D'Almeida, Ph.D

River D'Almeida, Ph.D

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