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Fruit Fly Fear

By | May 15, 2015

Drosophila exhibit component behaviors of the fear response, suggesting that researchers might use the model organisms to investigate the neural underpinnings of the emotion.

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New Epigenetic Mark Found on Metazoan DNA

By | April 30, 2015

Three studies identify roles for N6-methyladenosine in algae, worms, and flies.

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Metabolic Memory

By | April 8, 2015

Drosophila develop preferences for healthy foods that can be disrupted by overfeeding, a study suggests.

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Insulin Interference Triggers Cancer-Linked Cachexia

By | April 6, 2015

A tumor-secreted protein interferes with insulin signaling to cause cancer-linked muscle wasting in fruit flies. 

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CRISPR Chain Reaction

By | March 19, 2015

A powerful new CRISPR/Cas9 tool can be used to produce homozygous mutations within a generation, but scientists call for caution.

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Doris Bachtrog: Sex Chromosome Wrangler

By | January 1, 2015

Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley. Age: 39

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Eye on the Fly

By | January 1, 2015

Automating Drosophila behavior screens gives researchers a break from tedious observation, and enables higher-throughput, more-quantitative experiments than ever before.

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Ibuprofen Extends Life?

By | December 22, 2014

The over-the-counter drug increases life span in yeast, nematode worms, and fruit flies, a study shows.

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Rhythmic Rewiring

By | November 1, 2014

Circadian neurons in fruit flies form synapses with different, noncircadian brain regions depending on the time of day.

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Precisely Placed

By | September 1, 2014

Vein patterns in the wings of developing fruit flies never vary by more than the width of a single cell.

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