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Between spreading illnesses, ruining crops, and infesting our homes, insects have had a long, adversarial relationship with humans. But not all insects are pests — think bees — and if scientists and engineers have their way, several more species will soon become our unwitting allies.

In labs throughout the world, researchers are hacking the brains and bodies of insects, creating so-called “biobots” that can do their bidding. Just as insects have recently been hailed as a potential solution to our impending food security crisis, the shudder-inducing creatures may also save human lives in various other ways.

For example, crawling cyborg insects could someday explore disaster zones and aid in search-and-rescue operations. By effectively surveying areas inaccessible to rescue teams, these remote-controlled insects could help find people buried under collapsed buildings. Similarly, a mass of airborne biobots could quickly search forests, canyons, and other areas for missing hikers.

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Researchers at North Carolina State are hacking cockroaches and a moths for search-and-rescue missions. Alper Bozkurt / NCSU

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Click link below for article and video:

http://www.nbcnews.com/mach/innovation/how-cyborg-insects-could-save-lives-stop-our-enemies-n730016

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