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Russian scientists bred cosmic cockroaches

October 24 2007
08:20

Voronezh scien wait for the first conceived in zero gravity offspring of cockroaches, who participated in the space experiment on board the spacecraft Foton M-3 and returned to earth in late September, said Tuesday the curator of the experiment, the assistant chair of biology and ecology of the Voronezh Medical Academy, Dmitry Atyakshin. "Just recently, were born the first 33 cockroaches who were conceived in conditions of weightlessness. It is the offspring until only one" tarakanaftki, which we called Hope. Progeny from the rest while waiting for "- said Atyakshin.
According to him, the first cosmic cockroaches already eat, drink and feel good. "Refreshingly the fact that they generally were born" - said the scientist.

He reported that the first observation of unusual specimens showed that weightlessness may be influenced in their development, in particular, the rate of darkening of chitin cover. "Cockroaches are born with a transparent chitinous covering, and then gradually turn to brown cockroaches. So, the first cosmic cockroaches darkened somewhat faster than it does in the ordinary case," - said the scientist.

He noted that serious conclusions can be done after you see all the other "space" cockroaches, reports MIGnews.com.

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