The silkworm-an attractive BioResource supplied by Japan.

@article{Banno2010TheSA,
  title={The silkworm-an attractive BioResource supplied by Japan.},
  author={Yutaka Banno and Toru Shimada and Zenta Kajiura and Hideki Sezutsu},
  journal={Experimental animals},
  year={2010},
  volume={59 2},
  pages={139-46}
}
Silkworms have played an important agricultural role in supporting Japan's modernization, and traditionally, Japan has led the world as a repository of silkworm bioresources. The silkworm is a small and highly domesticated insect, which is ideal as a laboratory tool, although it is a bioresource that is relatively infrequently used in experiments at present. In this review, we describe the potential for silkworm resources to contribute to life sciences. 

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