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Epicauta chinensis blister beetle

Epicauta chinensis blister beetle

Researchers in China studied Epicauta chinensis blister beetles to learn how they produce cantharidin, a defensive toxin that is highly bitter and toxic to most animals. It has also been found inhibit several types of cancer cells, leading to interest in potential artificial production of the molecule. (Photo credit: Yalin Zhang, Ph.D.)

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