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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Biologist Discovers Pink-Winged Moth

Biologists Discover Pink-Winged Moth

New moth species, Lithophane leeae 

University of Arizona biologist Bruce Walsh has identified a new species of moth in southern Arizona. Normally, this is not a big deal. The region is one of the most biologically rich areas in the country and collectors have been finding hundreds of new species for decades. This one, however, is different.

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