Friday, December 11, 2009

Metamorphosis and a Brain Hormone

"In its overall design, insect metamorphosis is very much like passage through puberty," O'Connor says. "From a biological point of view, both puberty and metamorphosis accomplish the same goal -- to provide reproductive capacity for the species at the appropriate developmental time." The brain hormone becomes active when insects have reached a threshold body weight, which is also a trigger for human puberty.

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Fendi said...

Very Good Info!!

Bryan said...

Very interesting. Being a hormone doctor I never noticed the similarity between the puberty and insect metamorphosis. Thanks for sharing the information.