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Fruit flies help in the development of personalised medicine

4 days ago

It is common knowledge that there is a connection between our genes and the risk of developing certain…
Fruit flies live longer with combination drug treatment

October 5, 2019

A triple drug combination has been used to extend the lifespan of fruit flies by 48 percent in…
CRISPRed flies mimic monarch butterfly — and could make you vomit

October 3, 2019

The fruit flies in Noah Whiteman’s lab may be hazardous to your health. Whiteman and his University of…
Study gives the green light to the fruit fly’s color preference

September 20, 2019

For more than a century, the humble and ubiquitous fruit fly has helped scientists shed light on human…
Fruit flies’ microbiomes shape their evolution

September 18, 2019

The expression “you are what you eat” has taken on new meaning. In an experiment in fruit flies,…
Why so fly: Scientists discover some fruit flies learn better than others

August 12, 2019

Fruit flies could one day provide new avenues to discover additional genes that contribute to a person’s ability…
Exposure to parasites may have greater negative effect than previously thought: study

July 25, 2019

The mere presence of parasites can have a negative effect on hosts, according to new research by University…
Fruit flies find their way by setting navigational goals

July 23, 2019

When a fruit fly decides it wants to walk in a particular direction, it sticks to its plan…
Computer model illuminates critical moment in Drosophila development

June 25, 2019

A computer model of forces exerted by cells during development of a fertilized egg into a fruit fly…
Any which way: Flies go all-in to overcome defect, reach adulthood

June 14, 2019

New research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has revealed how fruit fly larvae with a seemingly fatal flaw…
Fat fruit flies: High-sugar diet deadens sweet tooth; promotes overeating, obesity in flies

May 9, 2019

Some research suggests that one reason people with obesity overeat is because they don’t enjoy food—especially sweets—as much…
Not Just Neurons: Precision Signaling Architecture Discovered in Non-Neural Cells that Direct Development

March 4, 2019

While virtually all cells in an animal’s body communicate with their neighbors in one way or another, many…
What Does a Dolphin Have in Common with a Fruit Fly?

February 19, 2019

Fruit flies do it. Dolphins do it. Even round worms do it. Yes, you guessed it, I’m talking…
To Sleep, Perchance to Heal: A Newly Discovered Gene Governs the Need for Slumber When Sick

February 12, 2019

Humans spend nearly one-third of their lives in slumber, yet sleep is still one of biology’s most enduring…
A Taste Sensation

February 12, 2019

Taste is so familiar a sensation that you might think scientists had long ago sorted out how the…
How the fruit fly got its stripes: Researchers explore the precision of embryonic development

February 4, 2019

In a new study published in the journal Cell, the team showed that cells determine exactly where they need to…
Fruit fly promiscuity alters the evolutionary forces on males

January 18, 2019

Researchers in the Department of Zoology at Oxford University have demonstrated for the first time what effect female…
Regulating the Rapidly Developing Fruit Fly

December 20, 2018

From birth, it takes humans almost two decades to reach adulthood; for a fruit fly, it takes only…
Study: Selfish genes can act as both makers, breakers of species

December 20, 2018

A selfish streak in genes known to drive species apart might occasionally bring them closer together, says a…
Social interactions among gut microbes shape our lives

December 12, 2018

When it comes to the gut, it’s not which microbes you have but how they interact that appears…
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Cracking Open a Cold One with the Flies

December 3, 2018

Crack open a beer outside and it is a safe bet that you will soon be defending it…
Can’t sleep? Fruit flies and energy drinks offer new clues

November 22, 2018

Sleep is an essential behavioural state in animals ranging from invertebrates to humans. It is critical for immune…
Picking Fights with Fruit Flies

November 12, 2018

You can always tell when two guys are about to get into a fight. It starts with angry…
Guiding Flight: The Fruit Fly’s Celestial Compass

September 10, 2018

What do ancient seafaring explorers and fruit flies have in common? Caltech researchers have discovered that, similar to…
Research solves the mystery of how fruit flies avoid danger

August 29, 2018

A wasp puts its tongue on a fruit fly larva. Sensing danger, the larva quickly reverses. That response…
Lessons from flies: genetic diversity impacts disease severity

August 17, 2018

New research offers clues as to why some diseases are highly variable between individuals. The phenomenon is apparent…
Flies meet gruesome end under influence of puppeteer fungus

August 1, 2018

Carolyn Elya discovered the puppet-master on the balcony of her Berkeley apartment. It was a fungus that infects…
LC10 – the neuron that tracks fruit flies

July 20, 2018

Many animals rely on vision to detect, locate, and track moving objects. Male Drosophila fruit flies primarily use visual cues…
Deep in the fly brain, a clue to how evolution changes minds

July 16, 2018

For lovers throughout the animal kingdom, finding a suitable mate requires the right chemistry. Now, scientists at The…
The Love Lives of Fruit Flies

July 16, 2018

Two fruit flies meet in an acrylic mating chamber and check each other out. It’s the insect version…
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