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    Silkworm: The Underappreciated Life Science Model Organism

    Silkworm: The Underappreciated Life Science Model Organism

    The contribution of Bombyx mori to genetics and immunology is almost identical with that of Drosophila. In recent years, with the completion of the silkworm genome and the discovery of many gene functions, B. mori has gradually become regarded as a model organism of life science.

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    Pest Resistance to Biotech Crops Surging

    Pest Resistance to Biotech Crops Surging

    Pest resistance to genetically engineered crops Bt crops is evolving faster now than before, researchers show in the most comprehensive study to date. But as expected from evolutionary theory, resistance can be delayed if farmers comply with recommendations to make use of abundant refuges.

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    Another Tick Species' Saliva Found to Have

    Another Tick Species' Saliva Found to Have "Anti-tumor" Properties

    Like other ticks, Hyalomma dromedarii--also known as the camel tick--uses compounds in its saliva to fight back host defenses such as clotting and tissue repair. Researchers who have studied tick saliva say those compounds could have beneficial pharmaceutical applications, and a new study shows H. dromedarii saliva exhibits similar antitumor properties as previously found in that of other tick species.

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    The very hungry caterpillar

    The very hungry caterpillar

    Caterpillars (Spodoptera litura) can eat anything thanks to the expansion of genes involved in taste and detoxification, new insect research shows.

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