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Tiny worm sacrifices itself to make milk for its hatching offspring


Nematode worms (Caenorhabditis elegans) can produce a kind of milk

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A MICROSCOPIC worm that has been studied by biologists for a long time has been hiding a secret: it could possibly make milk to feed its younger – and it does so in a method that helps the concept ageing is programmed by evolution, fairly than merely being an accident.

The nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans is utilized in many organic research yearly however David Gems at University College London and his colleagues are the primary to discover that the worms, a few of that are egg-laying hermaphrodites, depart smears of …

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