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Elements S2 • E38

Cockroaches Are Indestructible, And the Secret Is in Their Genome

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Published on Jul 21, 2018

The cockroach genome is fully sequenced! Here's how we could benefit from the secrets embedded in their unique DNA.

There Are Bugs In Your Food! Here's Why You Shouldn't Panic - https://youtu.be/kyLmINv4Joo

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Newly Sequenced Cockroach Genome Explains Why They Are So Goddamn Hard to Kill
https://gizmodo.com/newly-sequenced-c...
“But despite our reluctant intimacy, there’s still a lot we don’t understand about these insects. A new study, published today in Nature Communication, unpacks the genes that make roaches tick—and helps explain why they’re so damn hard to get rid of.”

Resilience is in the genes for the American cockroach
https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/re...
“The roach plays a role in traditional Chinese medicine. Ethanol extracted from the insect has also been developed into a prescription drug, Kang Fu Xin Ye, used for wound healing and tissue repair.”

Cockroaches Have Evolved to Avoid Our Traps
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-...
“In the 1980s a new type of roach trap was introduced: a sugary snack laced with poison. But after just a few years, a blink of an eye on evolutionary timescales, some roaches evolved to resist the traps.”

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