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Absence of Sterol Synthesis in some Arthropods


ALL species of insects which have been critically investigated require a dietary sterol for optimum growth1. Clark and Bloch2 concluded that the inability to synthesize sterols is probably a metabolic characteristic of the class Hexapoda.

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ZANDEE, D. Absence of Sterol Synthesis in some Arthropods. Nature 202, 1335–1336 (1964).

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