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Bye-bye sniffer dogs! Now, trained mice to sniff out terrorists at airports!

Published On: Thu, Feb 3rd, 2011 | Science | By BioNews

Israeli researchers have developed a new detector where trained teams of mice will sniff would-be bombers and drugs at airports.

Researchers say it is more accurate than using dogs, pat downs and x-ray machines.

It looks like a metal detector or full-body scanner, but one side of it houses three concealed cartridges, each containing eight specially trained mice.

The animals work four-hour shifts, milling around in an allocated cartridge while sniffing air pumped in from outside.

Image: Bioexplorer

When they pick up traces of explosives or drugs, they flee to a side chamber, triggering an alarm, according to New Scientist.

To avoid false positives, more than one mouse must run away.

“It is as if they are smelling a cat and escaping. We detect the escape,” inventor, Eran Lumbroso, of BioExplorers Company said.

The device was field tested last year on 1,000 shoppers in a Tel Aviv mall when the mice successfully picked out the 22 people with mock explosives in their pockets. (ANI)

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