A while ago, before I started blogging, a old friend of mine send me an e-mail with a link to a project he is working on at the moment. It turned out to be really cool.
Using the well established technique of DNA barcoding, thats one type of DNA fingerprinting which is becoming more and more popular, this project aims to study one of the most successful arthropods following humans around the globe: the american cockroach (Periplaneta americana). Yes, these lovely insects don’t have the best reputation but thats just another reason to study them in more detail and see what they are up to!
The really cool thing about this project, besides the insect in focus, is that EVERYONE can participate!!! Yes, even YOU can become a cockroach investigator (a secret dream coming true???), participating in a cutting edge science project! Just find some roaches and send them to NY. You can find the detailed instructions on the NCP homepage page.
And good luck hunting!