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2010-05-04 12:52:16

Researchers in the Department of Entomology,  University of California, Davis, have discovered that the fruit fly has a native odorant receptor that detects the silkworm moth's sex pheromone, and that it's "amazingly more sensitive" than the moth's odorant receptor. Their work could open research doors for insect-inspired biosensors. The odor detector or OR is a means of chemical communication that helps insects find mates.  The olfactory link between silkworm moths (Bombyx mori)...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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