What is so intriguing about the transcriptome?
Grasshoppers are gentle creatures with brilliant green color and mild temper who mostly enjoy their solitude and live in good harmony with neighbors in the environment. But the other brood, the locust, forms huge swarms, darkens the sky, and greedily devours whatever is on their way, sometimes scaring people and frowning the eyebrows of farmers.
What is fascinating is that these two creatures are actually one species, and they share exactly the same genetic information stored in the form of DNA. Under a certain condition, the grasshoppers turn their color into light brown, their legs become short and spiky, and the wings grow to adapt to cover the long distance of swarm travel, becoming one of the most greedy and aggressive populations on earth.