The silkworm was domesticated from its wild ancestor about 5,000 years ago. Photo: Xinhua
The silkworm was domesticated from its wild ancestor about 5,000 years ago. Photo: Xinhua
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How Chinese scientists are unravelling the secrets of the silkworm – one gene at a time

  • Researchers sequence more than 1,000 domestic and wild samples to find the answers to silk yield and fineness
  • The results also give insight into the insect’s origins, study says

The silkworm was domesticated from its wild ancestor about 5,000 years ago. Photo: Xinhua
The silkworm was domesticated from its wild ancestor about 5,000 years ago. Photo: Xinhua
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