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First Case of Animals Making Their Own Carotene
April 29, 2010
The insects known as aphids can make their own essential nutrients called carotenoids, according to University of Arizona researchers. No other animals are known to make the potent antioxidants, which are crucial for life. Until now, scientists thought the only way animals could obtain the orangey-red compounds was from their diet. Carotenoids are building blocks for molecules crucial for vision, healthy skin, bone growth and other key physiological functions.
University of Arizona
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