Insects Could Replace Mice In Drug Testing

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A cotton bollworm moth flies off the hand of a technician in a laboratory

Moths, caterpillars and fruit flies could soon take the place of millions of mice used every year by scientists testing drugs, researchers said Tuesday.  Biologists have discovered that certain key cells in mammals and insects react in the same way when attacked by infections and produce similar chemical reactions to fight them off.

 

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Frightening New Face of Evil – The Screw Worm

Frightening New Face of Evil - The Screw Worm

 The country of Yemen is experiencing a huge coastal outbreak of the evil screw worm

Screw worm females go after bare flesh, laying 250-300 eggs in a host. When you feel that itch, whatever you do, don’t scratch it. The reason why they’re called screw worms is that the maggots will only burrow deeper, causing tissue damage and even death.

Once hatched, the maggots feed off the live flesh and fall down to the ground, where they pupate. The pupae reach adulthood 7 days later. They can then mate and lay over 4,000 eggs. They can also fly 125 miles, bringing their offspring and the plague inland.

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