Biologists raised a bug with the third eye

The scientific staff of the Indiana University was able to achieve the development of the third eye of the scarab beetle family. The results of their work, they published in one of scientific journals.


Biologists have changed the body of the insect, blocking one of its genes, which is responsible for the development of the head. He is able to control the synthesis of proteins needed for the development of cells which make up the head of the embryo. The result of the experts call amazing example of the ability of the body to convert the material breach into something working and orderly. The third eye of the beetle has the same cells as the other two, and the insect normally responds to signals from him.

Experts hope that the resulting knowledge will help them to better understand the mechanisms of formation and development of organs, and this will expand the possibilities of creating artificial organs in laboratory conditions for medical and research purposes.