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2009-05-12 09:56:14

German scientists say they have discovered cabbage looper caterpillars are able to alter the expression of their genes in response to plant bacteria. The scientists, led by Dalial Freitak at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, determined the caterpillars (Trichoplusia ni) alter their genes associated with metabolism, homeostasis and immunity.


Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.