K-State Scientists shut down reproductive ability, desire in pest insects

From: Kansas City S.
Sent on: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 11:47 AM
A rather interesting piece of research. I would not be surprised to see if in the future sexual desire as well as desire to have kids is turned off in humans either genetically or chemically while allowing to have sexual pleasure through virtual reality and direct stimulation of the brain.

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Scientists shut down reproductive ability, desire in pest insects  

Kansas State University entomologists have helped identify a neuropeptide named natalisin that regulates the sexual activity and reproductive ability of insects. The team is the first to observe and name the neuropeptide, which is composed of short chains of amino acids in the brain of insects and arthropods. The finding may open new possibilities for environmentally friendly pest management, said Yoonseong Park, professor of entomology at Kansas State University. 

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