Scientists Have ID’d the Worm in Your Mescal – Scientific American

Scientific inspiration can strike anywhere—even at a restaurant bar in Oaxaca, Mexico. That’s where a team of insect researchers decided to use DNA sequencing to identify what larva lurks in bottles of the nation’s iconic alcohol, mescal.“We were taking a break, we were at a restaurant, and then we just saw these bottles,” says Akito Kawahara, lead author of the new research and a curator of butterflies and moths at the Florida Museum of Natural History. “One thing led to the next, and we started to think about what the larva is.”

Source: Scientists Have ID’d the Worm in Your Mescal – Scientific American

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