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Orchestrating Development in the Fly Embryo

August 2, 2019

Most multicellular organisms on Earth—including you—begin as a single fertilized egg and then undergo a complex choreography of…
Even small brains make big decisions

June 3, 2019

A tiny fruit fly ambles through a barren landscape. As the minutes go by and the temperature rises,…
Waste Reduction

January 14, 2019

Studying fruit flies, an international team led by Harvard Medical School researchers reports that it has uncovered one…
Gut Bacteria Influence Movement in Flies

October 31, 2018

Warm, protected, and full of nutrients—the tiny intestines of a fruit fly are a perfect habitat for some…
High Vinculin Levels Help Keep Aging Fruit Fly Hearts Young

July 18, 2018

Our cells tend to lose their shape as we grow older, contributing to many of the effects we…
Fruit fly mating driven by a tweak in specific brain circuit

July 17, 2018

According to a new National Institutes of Health-funded study, it is not destiny that brings two fruit flies…
Biologists Decipher a Key Piece of the Odor-Detection Puzzle in Flies, Mosquitoes

February 13, 2018

Biologists at the University of California, Riverside have discovered surprisingly that the complex odor-detecting machinery of the fruit…
Remote Control for Genes

February 12, 2018

To put things simply, Harvard Medical School researcher Karen Adelman studies DNA “to see how genes get messed up in…
Insecticide-resistant flies ‘rubbish’ at courting females

May 8, 2017

Scientists have found that the single genetic change which protects the flies from the pesticide DDT also makes…
Fruit Fly’s Genetic Code Revealed

October 4, 2016

An international team of scientists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture(USDA) and other research organizations have sequenced the…
Researchers show how fruit fly stem cells are kept in check during brain development

December 18, 2015

University of Oregon scientists studying neural stem cells in the fruit fly Drosophila have uncovered a molecular change…
Neuroscientists Now Can Read the Mind of a Fly

December 8, 2015

Northwestern University neuroscientists now can read the mind of a fly. They have developed a clever new tool…
$2 million grant to develop control for blueberry-destroying fly

October 15, 2015

A tiny fly is having a huge impact on American fruit farmers. Known as spotted wing drosophila, the…
Decision-making in the fly brain

August 21, 2015

For most of us, a freshly brewed cup of coffee smells wonderful. However, individual components that make up…
When Fruit Flies Get Sick, Their Offspring Become More Diverse

August 14, 2015

New research from North Carolina State University and Reed College shows that when fruit flies are attacked by…
In exploring a fly’s choice of a mate, researchers track the neural circuits that bridge sensory perception and behavioral action

August 14, 2015

If you’ve ever found a banana overtaken by a swarm of tiny flies, you were in fact witnessing…
Fly brains filter out visual information caused by their own movements, like humans

August 4, 2015

Our brains are constantly barraged with sensory information, but have an amazing ability to filter out just what…
The fruit fly may know it’s bugging you

July 24, 2015

University of Queensland researchers have shown, like humans, fruit flies may be self-aware of their actions. Scientists at…
Evolution study finds recent agricultural pest stems from one fly generation’s big genetic shift

July 15, 2015

A new study involving a Kansas State University entomologist reveals that the genes of a fruit fly that…
African universities reap fruits of fly research

July 10, 2015

Fruit flies are proving the unlikely source of a new initiative to help improve postgraduate research opportunities in…
Discovery of nanotubes offers new clues about cell-to-cell communication

July 2, 2015

When it comes to communicating with each other, some cells may be more “old school” than was previously…
Cancer drug prolongs life in flies

June 27, 2015

Humans, yeasts and fruit flies began to evolve separately millions of years ago. Nevertheless, the cellular processes which…
Attractive female flies harmed by male sexual attention

June 26, 2015

Too much male sexual attention harms attractive females, according to a new Australian and Canadian study on fruit…
Origin of cancer wasting identified in fruit flies

April 6, 2015

The progressive wasting of muscle and fat tissue throughout the body is one of the most visible and…
New Genetic Method Promises to Advance Gene Research and Control Insect Pests

March 19, 2015

Biologists at the University of California, San Diego have developed a new method for generating mutations in both…
Using Fruit Flies to Understand How We Sense Hot and Cold

March 5, 2015

Innately, we pull our hand away when we touch a hot pan on the stove, but little is…
Obesity – like father, like son

December 6, 2014

Fruit flies pass down changes in their metabolism from father to son The consumption of a sugary banquet…
Fruit fly research to provide new insight into our body clock and its biological impact

May 26, 2014

New research at the University of Southampton into how animals keep time through their internal circadian rhythms could…
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