Saturday, October 15, 2011

Bed Bugs Have Antibacterial Sperm

Bed bugs have a problem. They have a very bizarre method of reproduction which means they are prone to sexually transmitted diseases that can kill up to 40% of sperm. To get round the problem the female guides the male's penis into a mass of germ-fighting cells while the males lace their ejaculate with lysozyme, a bacteria-killing enzyme. As we share many components of our immune system with bed bugs these studies could be relevant to humans. 

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I'm in bed typing this. Think I might not stay! :-/

Bedbugs as alarm clocks! Could be on to something there ;)

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