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February 2nd, 2007

Periodic Cicadas Help Scientists Study Superfast Muscle

Abstract:
NIAMS' Laboratory of Muscle Biology and its Muscle Proteomics and Nanotechnology Section, headed by Kuan Wang, Ph.D., conducts basic research on many aspects of normal and diseased muscles. One of their interests is how superfast muscles in nature can work more than 50 times faster than human muscles. That, says Dr. Wang, is where the cicada comes in. "These periodic cicadas spend 17 years underground and then billions of them come out at the same time to mate and pass their lives to the next generation. The insatiable males attract females and fend off competitors by their mating calls.



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