Podcast: Dr. Coby Schal on New Cockroach Glucose Aversion Findings

Podcast: Dr. Coby Schal on New Cockroach Glucose Aversion Findings

Schal discusses a study published Thursday in the journal Science that sheds new light on cockroaches and glucose aversion.

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May 28, 2013

In the following podcast, PCT interviewed Dr. Coby Schal, entomologist at North Carolina State University and a co-author of a study published Thursday in the journal Science that sheds new light on cockroaches and glucose aversion, a phenomenon observed more than 20 years ago by N.C. State researcher Dr. Jules Silverman.

The new study looks at how genetic mutation has given some roaches a competitive advantage that has enabled them to survive and multiply. It explains that the key to cockroach glucose aversion is an altered behavior of certain nerves that signal the brain about foods.

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Related links:
N.C. State Press Release

Science Podcast (start at 10:10 min)

NY Times article

BBC Narrated Video

NPR article