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Flesh-Eating Flies Map Forest Biodiversity


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Carrie
- 1435 days ago - scientificamerican.com
The blowflies and flesh flies that settle on dead animals aren't just feasting on the carrion -- they're sampling their DNA. Scientists in Germany have now shown that this DNA persists for long enough to be sequenced, providing a quick and ...



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Terry V (30)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 5:13 pm
Wow, so much to learn...............
 

Carol H (229)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 6:17 pm
interesting!!
 

Laurie H (816)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 7:05 pm
There's more to realize about different types of flies, than I realized--very interesting. Thanks for the post Carrie!~
 

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 9:00 pm
Noted.
 

Jason S (50)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 9:12 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Suzanne Site Problems (129)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 9:35 pm
I never thought of flies and leeches as precious before but just goes to show that every creature has value.
 

Dolores D (102)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 9:59 pm
Interesting post...thanks.
 

Karen H (6)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 10:41 pm
Amazing what science is able to do!
 

Anne S (14)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 10:57 pm
Interesting!
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (406)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 10:58 pm
Thanks Carrie. Noted - very interesting.
 

P A (117)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 1:42 am
Absolutely fascinating!
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 3:28 am
Noted. Thanks.
 

Nancy C (806)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 8:34 am
wow, leeches and flies...amazing!
 

Elizabeth M (65)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 3:08 pm
Thanks Carrie for this interesting article from Nature. Amazing that the scientists can tell the DNA of animals that the blow-flies, and flesh eating flies, and also the leeches have feasted on. (sounds like a horror movie to me).
But it is important for the biodiversity of the forests and endangered species.
 

Holly Lawrence (473)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 3:08 pm
What a great, interesting article.. Thank YOU!
 

Onita Northington (44)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 3:48 pm
The things that scientists can figure out by studying insects amazes me.
 

Colleen L (3)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 11:19 pm
Very interesting. To think that these insects can do that is amazing. Thanks Carrie
 

Tanya W (65)
Monday January 7, 2013, 3:43 am
Noted. Clever and yet creepy.
 
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