Professor Horch on Why Crickets Matter (Not Least Because We Might Be Eating Them One Day)

Biology professor Hadley Horch’s new book

A new book co-edited by Hadley Horch, an associate professor of biology and neuroscience at Bowdoin, makes the case that more researchers should focus on the cricket to better understand its unique evolutionary features, such as its ability to regenerate damaged body parts.

The Cricket as a Model Organism: Development, Regeneration, and Behavior also argues that as the human population grows and puts increasing pressure on our agricultural systems, it might behoove us to have better science about this edible insect.

The book is aimed at other scientists. But we asked Horch to answer a few non-technical questions about the volume — including how she prefers to eat her crickets. Read Horch’s replies.

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