The Reading / Listening - Insect Pain - Level 2

Research shows that insects feel pain. Researchers say the pain that insects feel is a sensation but not like human pain. The research was by the University of Sydney in Australia. The co-author of the research report said we don't really think insects feel any kind of pain. He said many invertebrate animals can sense and avoid dangerous things that we think will be painful. He said: "We knew that insects could sense 'pain' but what we didn't know is that an injury could lead to long-lasting hyper-sensitivity...in a similar way to human patients' experiences."



The researchers looked at injuries in fruit flies. The scientists damaged one leg on the flies and let it heal. After the leg healed, the flies became more sensitive. They tried harder to protect their legs. The pain the flies felt stayed in their memory and this changed their behaviour. Neely said if an insect is badly injured, it becomes very sensitive for the rest of their lives. Neely hopes to do more research to better understand how humans feel pain. He said: "We are focused on making new stem cell therapies or drugs that target the underlying cause and stop pain for good."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Insect Pain - Level 0 Insect Pain - Level 1   or  Insect Pain - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.studyfinds.org/do-bugs-feel-pain-insects-battle-chronic-pain-after-suffering-injury/
  • https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190712120244.htm
  • https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/23350/20190713/first-genetic-evidence-insects-experience-chronic-pain-revealed.htm


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Research shows that
  2. not like human
  3. The co-author
  4. invertebrate
  5. sense and avoid
  6. what we
  7. in a similar
  8. human patients'
  1. way
  2. dangerous things
  3. experiences
  4. pain
  5. didn't know
  6. insects feel pain
  7. of the research
  8. animals

Paragraph 2

  1. let it
  2. the flies became more
  3. The pain the flies felt stayed
  4. for the rest
  5. better understand how
  6. focused on making new stem
  7. drugs that target the underlying
  8. stop pain
  1. cause
  2. of their lives
  3. for good
  4. sensitive
  5. in their memory
  6. humans feel pain
  7. heal
  8. cell therapies

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Research (1) ___________________ feel pain. Researchers say the pain that insects feel (2) ___________________ but not like human pain. The research was by the University of Sydney in Australia. The co-author (3) ___________________ report said we don't really think insects feel any kind of pain. He said many invertebrate animals can (4) ___________________ dangerous things that we think will be painful. He said: "We knew that insects (5) ___________________ but what we didn't know is that an injury could lead to long-lasting hyper-sensitivity...in (6) ___________________ to human patients' experiences."

The researchers (7) ___________________ in fruit flies. The scientists damaged one leg on the flies and (8) ___________________. After the leg healed, the flies became more sensitive. They tried harder to (9) ___________________. The pain the flies felt stayed in their memory and this changed their behaviour. Neely said if an insect (10) ___________________, it becomes very sensitive for the rest of their lives. Neely hopes to do more (11) ___________________ understand how humans feel pain. He said: "We are focused on making new stem cell therapies or (12) ___________________ the underlying cause and stop pain for good."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Researchshowsthatinsectsfeelpain.Researcherssaythepainthatinse
ctsfeelisasensationbutnotlikehumanpain.TheresearchwasbytheUni
versityofSydneyinAustralia.Theco-authoroftheresearchreportsai
dwedon'treallythinkinsectsfeelanykindofpain.Hesaidmanyinvertebr
ateanimalscansenseandavoiddangerousthingsthatwethinkwillbepai
nful.Hesaid:"Weknewthatinsectscouldsense'pain'butwhatwedidn'tk
nowisthataninjurycouldleadtolong-lastinghyper-sensitivity...inas
imilarwaytohumanpatients'experiences."Theresearcherslookedatin
juriesinfruitflies.Thescientistsdamagedonelegonthefliesandletitheal
.Aftertheleghealed,thefliesbecamemoresensitive.Theytriedhardert
oprotecttheirlegs.Thepainthefliesfeltstayedintheirmemoryandthisc
hangedtheirbehaviour.Neelysaidifaninsectisbadlyinjured,itbecome
sverysensitivefortherestoftheirlives.Neelyhopestodomoreresearcht
obetterunderstandhowhumansfeelpain.Hesaid:"Wearefocusedonm
akingnewstemcelltherapiesordrugsthattargettheunderlyingcausea
ndstoppainforgood."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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