Although most cockroaches don't really produce milk, Diploptera Punctata, that is the best-known cockroach to offer birth to live young, has been shown to pump out a kind of 'milk', containing protein crystals to feed its babies.
The fact that an insect produces milk is pretty fascinating. However what fascinated researchers is the fact that one of these protein crystals contains over 3 times the amount of energy found in the same amount of buffalo milk (which is also higher in calories than regular cow's milk).
Clearly, milking a roach isn't the most possible option. Therefore a global team of scientists headed by researchers from the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in India, determined to sequence the genes responsible for producing the milk protein crystals, to check if they might somehow replicate them in the laboratory.
It's vital to show that this dense protein supply is unquestionably never going to be a solution for those attempting to lose weight, and possibly is unreasonable for many western diets, where high amounts of calories per day are already consumed. But for people who struggle to get the amount of calories needed per day, this might be a fast and simple way to get calories and nutrients.
"They're significantly stable. They will be an incredible protein supplement", mentioned Ramaswamy.
Now that the researchers have the ability, they're hoping to get yeast to produce the crystal in much larger quantities, making it slightly more economical much less discouraging than extracting crystals from the insides' of a cockroach.
Will kale and quinoa still be desirable once you have cockroach milk supplements? We aren't 100 percent convinced either. However, if it helps alleviate the food shortages we'll need to cope with this generation, then it's a positive step forward.
The analysis was published in IUCrJ, the Journal of the International Union of Crystallography.