Scientists Aim at Not Allowing Sex between Insects

Scientists Aim at Not Allowing Sex between Insects

Kansas State University scientists' new aim is to stop insects from having sex. The same might sound as yet another rally slogan, but the actual idea is completely unlike it.

It is being thought that stopping insects from having sex could eventually help stop them from breeding.

A neuropeptide named natalisin has been discovered by the team. As per the findings, the same keeps control on the ability of insects to mate.

Natalisin is present in insects and arthropods. The protein-like molecules are used to chemically impart messages all through the body. Natalisin is being said to have a link to tachykinin-named neuropeptide, which is found in invertebrates and mammals.

Fruit flies, silk moths and red flour beetles were studied in four developing stages of their life to find what natalisin controlled. An RNA interference-named process helped block natalisin, reducing the interest of bugs in mating.

The study is a contributed effort of scientists from the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Slovakia, the Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea and Korea University in South Korea.

"While tachykinin is involved with various biological processes, including the control of blood flow in mammals, natalisin is linked to reproductive function and mating behavior in insects and arthropods", stated researcher Yoonseong Park.


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