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Press Release 13-039

Antarctic and Arctic Insects Use Different Genetic Mechanisms to Cope With Lack of Water

Genomic techniques facilitate discovery that gene expression causes disparity

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Scientist with soil sample in the Antarctica

Biologist Nick Teets searches for Belgica antarctica, a flightless midge, on an island near NSF's Palmer Station on the Antarctic Peninsula, during a 2010 deployment.

Credit: Photograph by Peter Rejcek, NSF


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close up of Belgica antarctica larvae

The larvae of Belgica antarctica, a flightless midge and Antarctica's only indigenous insect.

Credit: Photograph by Richard E. Lee, Jr., NSF


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