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Insects May Be Able to Feel Pain, Study Suggests

While flies are often seen as pests, a new study may make you think twice about killing them.

a dead cockroach on a kitchen floor

Are insects capable of feeling pain? Image credit: ISTOCK

Research from PhD student Matilda Gibbons and Professor Lars Chittka, Professor of Sensory and Behavioural Ecology showing insects have a certain biological mechanism that indicates they may indeed have a subjective experience of pain has been featured in this Daily Mail article, along with coverage in Newsweek.



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