Do you think it’s OK to test on insects in the name of science?


7th September 2022

SCIENTISTS have come up with a system that could allow cyborg cockroaches – part insect, part machine – to become a reality.

Researchers say remote-controlled insects could be useful for exploring areas where it’s not safe for people to go.

Scientists came up with the idea of attaching a solar battery that can be recharged by the sun to the cockroaches. They also 3D-printed a little backpack that was made to fit along the curve of the insect’s body.

The scientists used Madagascar cockroaches, which are about 6cm long. As a result, the equipment had to be extremely small, thin, light and flexible.

A little module with wires was also attached to control the leg movements of the cockroaches. The batteries were charged for 30 minutes and the scientists were able to make the cockroaches move left and right.

Kenjiro Fukuda, who led the tests, said they think their system could also work for “other insects like beetles, or perhaps even flying insects like cicadas in the future”.

Do you think it’s OK to test on insects in the name of science?


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athenakid · 2 years ago

I believe it is ok on some insects but not on others. Some are more sentient, intelligent and interesting.

omer44 · 2 years ago

I think it would be ok to test it on only a few little insects, not too many as it could wipe them out or harm the ecosystem. · 2 years ago

How can scientists even do this? It's so horrible! Insects may be tiny and gross to a lot of us, but that doesn't mean we can just throw them round as we please.

pandagem · 2 years ago

I think it is not fair because it is not exactly fun to be remote controlled by a species bigger than us, same applies to insects

ginny09876 · 2 years ago

It’s not okay to test on anything alive and as far as I’m aware insects are alive. They are living things just like us.

lauren_123 · 2 years ago

I think it is ok as insects don’t live for too long but I do feel a bit bad for them

anonymous8 · 2 years ago

I don't think it is ok because insects are living creatures as well. They are a form of nature and need basic necessities in order to survive.

hotdog13 · 2 years ago

If it’s danger for us, then it will be danger for the cockroaches. We are all important. They need to be valued too.

rainshadow · 2 years ago

I don’t think it’s ok because insects may be small but they are still living and to use them for humans benefit in that way is inexcusable in my opinion. They are attaching heavy metal and machinery to insects so they can be what? Controlled by humans? Can you imagine your limbs being at the mercy or some other beings entertainment? It may be in the name of science, but there is nothing necessary in this and it is not right.

pridas.20 · 2 years ago

The people who are testing aren't sure if the results are going to be good.

axapus · 2 years ago

It's not okay because bugs have feelings. They can feel pain and also when I read the article I noticed the scientists were using the cyborg parts to control the insects. It would only be okay if the bug needed the cyborg parts but if it doesn't don't put it on. Don't control them.

randomico · 2 years ago

It’s not okay if you were to inject chemicals but in this case, they’re just attaching litttle backs packs to them

park1234 · 2 years ago

I think it is okay to test on them because they are not killed or anything, just controlled.

roguelion · 2 years ago

No they are still living creatures.

catlover15 · 2 years ago

Insects reproduce quickly so they won’t die out or anything…

max1234 · 2 years ago

As in my opinion, it is not fair to test science, even those who cause us to feel annoyed. If we wouldn’t want to have it done to us, then don’t do it to others.

nuggetwirl · 2 years ago

I think that it is okay because it is 1 insects life and it could save countless lives.

allegrag · 2 years ago

I think it may be fine it depends what insect it is and also what equipment and how careful you are.

ethth · 2 years ago

they are alive like us

kelly burns · 2 years ago

I think that it is fine to test on insects. There are a lot of insects and its not like testing on them is making them go extinct. Also, how are we meant to learn more about them if we cant test on them?

ugoose86 · 2 years ago

Yeah I think i would like it to happen!🤖🪳

snowbear · 2 years ago

It is mostly not OK to test things on bugs as they are living creatures and probably feel stress and pain as much as we do.

jettcatt · 2 years ago is definitely not ok.

donut_girl · 2 years ago

No it's not who even came up with this stupid idea

izlacorgi · 2 years ago

I think that it is not ok because every animal deserves to live and not suffer!!!

stingray1 · 2 years ago

Only one some

stingray1 · 2 years ago

Only on some

crow13 · 2 years ago

The insects may die so I think it is not a good idea!

potterwolf · 2 years ago

It’s OK if they are not endangered or physically hurting the animals.

otterlover · 2 years ago

Definitely not. Haven’t we done enough damage already to nature?

purok005 · 2 years ago

The sheer notion of this aspect is inhumane

blueyes · 2 years ago

It's rude and cruel to the animals

cosimaiw · 2 years ago

No if they do that they’ll wipe out insects as well as animals

lottielou · 1 year ago

NO they should be free!