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Domesticated silkworms’ secrets

Scientists identify genes involved in the taming and farming of wild caterpillars

2:00pm, August 27, 2009

A sampling of today’s domesticated silkworms reveals a rich tapestry of genes, suggesting that a lot of individuals were tamed during a relatively short time, scientists report online August 27 in Science.

By mapping the genetic books of instructions for 11 wild silkworms collected in mulberry fields in China and 29 domesticated silkworms of differing pedigrees, J

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