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August 18, 2013
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The French solution to pesticides is more pests: useful, factory-produced insects in the South of France gain favor with organic farmers.

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Bugs to the Rescue: Antibiotic Compounds From Insects

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Deutsche Welle (Oct. 13, 2013) — An increasing number of antibiotics is proving less effective and developing new drugs is not lucrative for the pharmaceuticals industry. Now there's help from a relatively young scientific discipline that marries entomology and biotechnology.Many bugs are masters at adaptation and survival and they boast an incredibly robust immune system. Scientists from Giessen are searching for molecules and proteins with which insects successfully fight off bacteria and fungi. They've isolated a molecule from the multicolored Asian lady beetle which could work against tuberculosis and malaria. And even the honeycomb moth produces molecules that can combat disease-causing pathogens.
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Ancient Folklore Remedy May Eradicate Bedbugs

Ancient Folklore Remedy May Eradicate Bedbugs

Newsy (Apr. 10, 2013) — Scientists are researching an ancient remedy to get rid of bed bugs that still could be the best solution.
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Cicadas Reappear After 17 Years in US Northeast

Cicadas Reappear After 17 Years in US Northeast

CBC (June 4, 2013) — A large brood of periodical cicadas -- insects that spend 17 years underground before surfacing to mate -- are emerging right on schedule in parts of the US northeast. The CBC's Paul Hunter takes a tour with a cicada watcher who is fascinated by the loud and lusty insects, and talks to another man who thinks the buzzing bugs are a tasty treat.
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Study Compares Living Habits of Cockroaches to New Yorkers

Study Compares Living Habits of Cockroaches to New Yorkers

Newsy (Sep. 30, 2013) — According to a new study, the creepy crawlers have a tendency to live in districts and boroughs with like-minded, genetically similar bugs.
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