Recent research shows that insects and humans have something surprising in common: Some six-legged species take in oxygen using a similar means to the way we fill our lungs.
Scientists from the Field Museum and Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago and from Clemson University used a powerful x-ray imaging device to get the first comprehensive view of live insects breathing. Their observations and research results are reported in the Jan. 24 issue of Science, an internationally respected research publication.
"The discovery of this fundamental aspect of respiratory biology for insects could revolutionize the field of insect physiology," said lead author Mark Westneat, associate curator of zoology at the Field Museum.
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