Silkworm: The Underappreciated Life Science Model Organism

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By Keping Chen, Ph.D. The realm of insects is colorful and has been coexisting with human beings for countless generations. Insects appeared on earth more than 400 million years ago, and their descendants witnessed our evolution from upright, walking apes into complete human beings and observed the beautiful, magical, and endless waves of life on […]

From Red-eyed Flies to Red Flour Beetles, Insects are Model Research Organisms

By Lucy Huang Model organisms have deepened our understanding of diverse biological concepts, including animal behavior, environmental changes, molecular genetics, developmental biology, and speciation. What defines a model organism is quite broad. Any organism that is easy to care for, lives short generations, and produces a large number of offspring at one time can potentially […]