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Society’s been stung by COVID-19, but science is looking to tell the bug to buzz off.
In the Netherlands, they’ve figured out an unusual way to detect the virus.
As indicated by a press release from Lelystad’s Wageningen University, researchers have taught bees to identify the coronavirus.
When the winged wonders smell it, thanks to their training — wait for it — they extend their tongues.
It’s an impressive feat; I was never able to even train my dog to sit.
The scientists dropped some science in the study’s press release, according to The Daily Wire:
“Each time the bees were exposed to the scent from an infected sample, they received a sugar water solution reward. The bees extended their tongues to collect the sugar water solution. By repeating this action several times, the bees associated the sugar reward with the scent as the stimulus.”
According to the document, eventually, the critters began sticking out their tongues whether or not any sugar followed.
The test was conducted with more than 150 bees and two groups of samples from minks — one infected, the other not.
Per the paper, “several bees indicated very good results and were able to distinguish the infected samples and those from healthy animals with very low numbers of false positives and false negatives.”