There’s a new species of worm, and this one has three different sexes, can survive 500 times the dose of arsenic it would take to kill a human and keeps its young in a pouch, not unlike a kangaroo.
Researchers think humans might have something to learn from the worm’s resilience. Caltech researchers discovered eight species of worms that live in the arsenic-rich Mono Lake in California. The team published its findings Thursday in the journal Current Biology. This chef explains his love affair with this elusive culinary taste when cooking seafood. Mono Lake is three times saltier than the Pacific Ocean — so salty, researchers said, that only two other species were ever known to live in it: brine shrimp and diving flies. That’s before they found the worms.
The worms’ biology could be key for humans
“The next innovation for biotechnology could be out there in the wild,” he said. “We have to protect and responsibly utilize wildlife.”