Wednesday, December 18, 2013

DIAGNOSTIC BEES



                                                                       



I started writing my series When Bees Die after reading about and doing some further research into the importance of bees to our very existence here on earth.  I imagined a world, or at least a portion of it, where the bee population had been decimated.

But the potential loss of three quarters of our food source has not been sufficient motivation to reverse the trend and bees are still threatened worldwide.    When I read this article detailing one scientists research in the possible diagnostic talents of bees in determining the presence of diseases like cancer in the earliest stages, it gave me pause.   Here's a potential new talent.

Some may recall the film with Sean Connery, Medicine Man, where in a rare species of ant, whose habitat was threatened by logging, provided a cure for cancer.   The bees cannot perform this miracle, but an early diagnosis is worth something, sometimes a lot.

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