This article is from the WSSF 2011 AFRMA Rat & Mouse Tales news-magazine.
Submitted by Leigh Freeman, San Diego, CA
A company in Israel is using mice at security checkpoints to sniff out
explosives. Having a hyper-sensitive olfactory capability, they are able to quickly identify specific
odors as being unpleasant. These
Biosensor mice only take about 10 days to get basic training, with just a
few days more for additional odors, and a refresher course every month or so. They react to unpleasant odors by
moving into a different compartment in their enclosure. It only takes 3–6 seconds for one of these mice to check a
person or item and does not involve any physical contact; in fact, the mice are completely hidden from the people.