MadSci Network: General Biology

Subject: Can insects get cancer?

Date: Tue Mar 29 18:40:51 2005
Posted by Henry
Grade level: 10-12 School: No school entered.
City: Torquay State/Province: No state entered. Country: United Kingdom
Area of science: General Biology
ID: 1112143251.Gb

Can insects get cancer or tumours?  Does it happen often?  I would guess not 
because insects usually don't live very long, but I haven't been able to find 
much information in the web about it.  And some insects like termites and I seem 
to remember a certain kind of beetle do live upwards of 15 years.  Is it just 
that their cells replicate very slowly?

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