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Boy scientist in Manayunk finds sweetener that kills fruit flies

June 6, 2014

Daniel Marenda, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Sean O’Donnell, PhD, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, were quoted in stories about a study they co-led which identified a common sugar substitute, erythritol, as a potential safe and effective insecticide. The research, inspired by a science fair project of Marenda’s son, was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer, WHYY/Newsworks,, Science, The Verge, Discovery News, Live ScienceScience News’ Student Science, Xinhua (the state press agency of China) and other outlets on June 4.

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