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Israeli mice sniff out bombs, drugs and more

Published on Nov 14, 2012 10:16 AM
 

TEL AVIV, Israel (AFP) - An Israeli company is aiming to revolutionise the way explosives, narcotics and even money are detected at airports, docks and border crossings with the help of specially trained covert agents.

These agents, however, aren't just any regular agents. They are mice, which are being used as sniffer animals for the first time. The system, developed by the Herzliya-based BioExplorers, is simple: A traveller stands inside a small booth and is hit by a gentle blast of air that is then sucked into an small opaque chamber, where a group of eight mice are on duty.

After eight seconds, assuming the subject is all clear, a green light appears and the barrier opens.

But if the air smells of a suspicious material the mice have been trained to detect, they gather in the so-called reporting compartment, which raises an alarm.

 
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