A fantastic news story on cockroach “milk”

“Structure of a heterogeneous, glycosylated, lipid-bound, in vivo-grown protein crystal at atomic resolution from the viviparous cockroach Diploptera punctata”. This is the title of a paper published in International Union of Crystallography  Journal (IUCrJ) Volume 3Part 4July 2016. Eleven authors from Canada, France, India, Japan and USA wrote this paper. I am sure that no one except a true specialist may have any interest in reading this paper, except when it is explained in simple jargon free language.

I read it for the first time from the following link:


I could not imagine that such a lovely news story remains hidden in that original scientific paper. As on July 29, 2016, 10. 30 AM IST, different versions of the story appeared in over 250 news-outlets  including some of the major mainstream news papers and dispatches of news agencies.

You may be able to appreciate how various news outlets carried the story by using the following link:


No doubt this is likely to be a record of sorts seldom attained by any technical paper.



About ksparthasarathy

I am a former Secretary of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. I am a former Raja Ramanna Fellow in the Department of Atomic Energy. Free lance journalism is my hobby
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