by Alice Monroe
Anyone who has ever come across or who has had to deal with a cockroach or two in their time will already know that the joke about them being positively indestructible is hardly a joke at all – they are hardy, feisty little creatures, and are perhaps some of the most persistent household pests in North America. As such, despite their apparently awesome interior structure, they get something of a negative rap – no one is ever that keen to see a band of roaches scuttling under the fridge at night! Regardless of infamy – it appears that the roach’s hardy nature has now been backed up by science – according to an article published through Nature Communications, and according to reports by Inside Science.
Yes – it can now be conclusively proven that the cockroach is perhaps the most badass of all beetles, insects and critters – and it’s largely thanks to its incredible DNA. Just how is the humble roach able to survive a level of attempted murder that Rasputin himself would be proud of? Just look at its genome. Researchers from the South China Normal University confirm that the cockroach is crammed full of DNA – more than any other insect despite the locust – with up to 3.3 billion pairs available in its genome. That makes for an insect with a list of veritable superpowers that really help it hold its edge over similar or competing species. The cockroach has intense smell and taste abilities, which could allow them to not only adapt to a variety of different environments, but also to learn quickly which foods and liquids to avoid in case of poison.
▶ Cockroaches Are Indestructible, And the Secret Is in Their Genome
The cockroach’s impressive immune system, too, allows it to live and breed in less than inhospitable conditions for other creatures, once again thanks to the sheer complexity of its DNA. It’s thought that this new study and publication could offer a greater selection of options as to what could be done to help stem the growth of roach population in years to come – but it’s safe to say these recent findings suggest we’ve been dealing with perhaps a much more formidable insect than we all previously considered. Could a cockroach survive a nuclear blast? Possibly – there’s no telling quite what other genetic superpowers it has up its sleeves – to say that it is akin to humanity in terms of its genetic complexity is stunning.