Cicada insects

Cicada insects

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This image is part of the feature Antibiotics From Insects

Credit: VOLKER STEGER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cicada insects (Carineta aratayensis). These specimens have been preserved so that their haemolymph (body fluid) can be extracted. Juvenile cicadas spend many years undergound before emerging as adults to live in treetops. Adult males attract females by producing one of the loudest sounds of any insect, from special organs called tymbals. These and other insects are being screened in search of new antibiotic, anti- inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-cancer drugs by a company called Entomed, based in Strasbourg in France. Between 1999 and 2003, Entomed analysed more than 175 novel molecules with potential medical effects.

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