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House flies have turned into living drones to fight infections

For flies firmly entrenched notoriety of vectors for all kinds of infection. Moreover, as shown…


For flies firmly entrenched notoriety of vectors for all kinds of infection. Moreover, as shown by the research team of the University of Xinye under the leadership of Stephan Schuster, we clearly underestimated: flies carry much more bacteria than previously thought. In particular, some insect was discovered the bacteria Helicobacter pylory, causing ulcers and even stomach cancer.
However, rather than create another tool for dealing with our unpleasant buzzing, annoying neighbors, the researchers decided to use their unique ability to penetrate into the hidden and dirty corners, revealing thus the habitat of dangerous bacteria. About the background of the research, said project leader Stephan Schuster:

“Our study showed that bacteria with the help of the flies are distributed over huge territories. Usually the bacteria “cling” to their legs and wings and remain on the surface in the ground “planting”.

The researchers decided to use lab-grown flies, as a means of monitoring the bacterial environment. Penetrating into the most inaccessible places, they collect on a the existing flora. The researchers then released insects are caught using special traps and identify the types of bacteria that they had to face during travel.

“These bionic Autonomous drones, continues S. Schuster — may be useful, for example, in agriculture for the detection of outbreaks of dangerous diseases of plants”.

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