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Genetic Linkage

Yellow Mealworm Genome Sequence May Ease Farming Insects for Food

I have a special fondness for the yellow mealworm, Tenebrio molitor.


As a child, I fed the mealworm stage of this beetle to my pet chameleon.


As a teen, I babysat for a family that owned a pet shop. The house was filled with animals, and I was thrilled to be there. That is, until right before bedtime.


As I was trying to get the kids upstairs, a monkey grabbed a can, leaped atop a curtain rod, whipped the top off, and happily sprayed dozens, perhaps hundreds, of writhing, fat, pale mealworms all about the living room. It was great fun collecting them.


Then a few days ago I got a news release from Paris-based Ynsect. The company's goal: to farm massive numbers of yellow mealworms as food for humans. And I instantly remembered the creatures festooned around that long-ago living room.


Ynsect's good news was that the yellow mealworm's genome had finally been sequenced. Thank goodness! It was a tough one to crack.


Eating Mealworms


Farming yellow mealworms for food makes sense.


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