Scientists develop bacteria that glows when near landmines

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Clearing landmines from former war zones is a very dangerous task that’s also slow and expensive. And with an estimated 100 million devices still active across 70 nations, and with over 20,000 people a year killed and injured by them, a new method to speed the process up has been desperately needed. A research team at Jerusalem Hebrew University have made a breakthrough which could do just that. Using bacteria that’s been modified on a molecular level, it can detect miniscule vapours that mines give off, and the bacteria responds by glowing. The bacteria is encased in polymer beads and…

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