Chrysomelid beetles

Chrysomelid beetles

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This image is part of the feature Antibiotics From Insects

Credit: VOLKER STEGER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Chrysomelid beetles (Platyphora aulica). These specimens have been preserved so that their haemolymph (body fluid) can be preserved. This leaf beetle is brightly coloured to warn predators that they are toxic to eat. Such toxic chemicals may however be of benefit to humans. 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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