Do fleas have any significant environmental contributions? What about other insect pests?



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    An article in BBC has reported that a protein in fleas that enables them to jump extraordinary lengths could possibly be used to repair damaged arteries.  They have taken the gene to make what is known as “resilin” to make a strong “rubbery polymer” that could be invaluable in surgery. As for other insect pests, fruit flies have also been found to contain the protein of interest. Other common pests, while annoying can also keep other pests at bay.  For example, some beetle larvae eat grasshopper eggs, keeping crops safe. They also are an important part of the food chain, providing nutrition for bats, fish, and rodents to name a few.

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