Cockroach Milk

One of my absolute favorite instagram accounts is Science by Guff

It's a little weird, super-awesome and loaded with FACTS.  

"Yeah, this one’s kind of gross. Scientists recently found that the “milk” found in cockroaches is actually super good for you. While only Diploptera punctate produces “milk” (or at least the bug equivalent) to feed its young, these protein crystals in the mid-gut of the cockroach are four times more nutritious than cow’s milk and have three times more energy than buffalo’s milk. How do they plan on milking these cockroaches? Did I ever think I’d write that exact sentence? Anyway, scientists are trying to sequence the genes of these milk protein crystals so that they can make them in a lab. “The crystals are like a complete food – they have proteins, fats and sugars. If you look into the protein sequences, they have all the essential amino acids,” says Sanchari Banerjee, a researcher on the project. They hope that this research will aid in coming up with solutions to worldwide food shortages."


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