Locust has the largest genome in the animal kingdom

Researchers have decoded the whole genome sequence of one widespread species and it turns out to be remarkably big – 6.5 gigabytes, largest animal genome sequenced so far.

The honor goes to Locusta migratoria, the most widespread locust species. We all know about locusts: a single locust can eat its own bodyweight in food in a single day which is, proportionately, 60 times a human’s daily consumption. They are capable of inflicting famine and wiping out livelihoods when they swarms, which can cost countries billions of dollars in lost harvests and eradication efforts.

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