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Roaches go sugar-free to stay fit (and alive)

Cockroaches, apparently, are evolving so quickly, they’re skirting around sugar like the plague. Blame us humans for trying the same trick one time too many with sugar traps. This revelation came about when a team of scientists from North Carolina State University’s recently study on a strain of European roaches had them observed the roaches repulsed by jam while flocking to peanut butter.

When they immobilized the roaches to record the activity that was going on in their taste receptors, they found out that the cells that normally respond to bitter compounds were responding to glucose instead. In short, they have reconfigured their tastebuds. Well, we’ve always known that cockroaches are survivors, but this also tells us that obesity will probably kill more of the human race than it does roaches.

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