Insect glands are responsible for producing a host of secretions that allow bees to sting and ants to lay down trails to and from their nests. New research from Carnegie scientists focuses on secretions from glands in the reproductive tract that help sperm survive and guide the sperm on the trip to fertilize an egg. The gene that controls the development of these glands in fruit flies provides important information about gland development in all insects, as well as potential clues to similar human reproductive glands. Their work is published this month in Current Biology.
- Insect glands may illuminate human fertilization processThu, 3 May 2012, 21:33:07 EDT
- Disabling mouse enzyme increases fertilityFri, 16 May 2008, 12:28:39 EDT
- The wasp that never cries wolfMon, 20 Aug 2012, 1:53:02 EDT
- Mammary gland development of blueberry-fed lab animals studiedTue, 7 Jun 2011, 11:35:44 EDT
- Cancers of sweat glands, other skin-related structures may be increasing in United StatesMon, 21 Jun 2010, 17:05:39 EDT