Significance to humans

Although cladocerans are not recognized by most humans, they are vital for sustaining functions that humans value in many aquatic ecosystems. In particular, cladocerans are a critical link in the food chain that enables aquatic habitats to support valuable species of fish.

1. Common water flea (Daphnia pulex); 2. Fishhook water flea (Cercopagis pengoi). (Illustration by Jonathan Higgins)
Diabetes 2

Diabetes 2

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...

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