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With Help from a Bacterium, Cockroaches Develop Way to Store Excess Uric Acid

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Photo showing cockroaches.

Cockroaches, the banes of bathtub drains, have an unusual way of using waste products.

Credit: USDA


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The American cockroach may point the way to a new understanding of uric acid metabolism.

The American cockroach may point the way to a new understanding of uric acid metabolism.

Credit: Zakee Sabree


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A microscope photograph shows the bacterium in cockroaches that helps them store uric acid.

A microscope photograph shows the bacterium in cockroaches that helps them store uric acid.

Credit: Zakee Sabree


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