New research in fruit flies elucidates how the genes that direct animal body shape work.
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Hox genes make sure all your body parts grow in the right place. Understanding how they work can reveal the process of evolution and lead to potential treatments for congenital birth defects.
Astrocytes: these cells could be part of the key to unlocking the mystery of how brains change their structure.
From the archive: new research helps unpick clues about the brain’s ability to change its structure. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
The colors in this microscope photo of a fruit fly brain show different types of neurons and the cells that surround them in the brain.
Sarah DeGenova Ackerman
Adaptable neurons are tied to learning and memory but also to neurological disorders. By studying fruit flies, researchers found a mechanism that controls neuroplasticity.
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Chemicals banned in the EU were recently granted an exemption for limited use in the UK.
With the right investment, the next few years could be extremely exciting for Nigerian neuroscience.
The Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata.
The Mediterranean fruit fly can evolve rapidly to different environmental conditions, this suggests it will be well suited to cope with climate change.
David Suzuki is an environmental activist, broadcaster and globally recognized geneticist.
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David Suzuki may be best known as an environmental activist and the face of CBC’s ‘The Nature of Things,’ but he’s also a globally recognized scientist.
A new study suggests that high blood-sugar levels are an effect rather than a cause of type 2 diabetes.
A scourge of kitchens everywhere,
Drosophila melanogaster — the common fruit fly — stares down the electron microscope that captured its image.
How do you rid your kitchen of pesky
fruit flies? A scientist who researches them explains.
Humidity levels can mean life or death for insects.
Detecting drier or wetter conditions is crucial for insect survival. We’ve long known they can do this – now researchers have discovered the genetic and neural basis for their humidity-sensing system.
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Hormones may not be the only thing that determines how your organs act.
Tiny fruit flies under a microscope are a powerful weapon for science.
Dr Martha Vicente-Crespo
Fruit flies aren’t just a remarkable organism for research. They are also central to a project that aims to provide more at-home research opportunities for African scientists.
Decreasing funding for fruit-fly research will hurt people, not flies.
These insects are so much more than just the scourge of fruit bowls everywhere. They’re a key model system for all kinds of research that teaches us about our own brain and body systems.
You and me have quite a few genes in common.
Sarah Palin hated them and they’ve helped win Nobel prizes, so what is it about fruit flies that we should value so much?
The mighty smart fruit fly.
The next time you start loading up on food rich in antioxidants at the grocery store, know that you are not alone in the animal world. Other animals such as birds and fruit flies are health conscious too…
If you have a Facebook account, you are likely to have seen someone pour an ice bucket on themselves in the name of raising awareness for amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ALS is a disease that affects…
The exact point in time developing fruit fly pests become male or female has been identified. University of Western Sydney…
Yeah, I’m cool.
Animals have evolved to occupy almost all corners of the Earth. To survive, no matter the weather outside, they all need temperature-sensitive bodily reactions to work. This is easy for warm-blooded animals…
Fruit flies may weigh available evidence before making a decision. Researchers from University of Oxford conducted odour-choice…
Sex has been found to be a key factor in health and a long life for fruit flies, according to a new study by the University…