Bacterial Infections Disrupt Flies’ Sense of Smell
Bacterial Infections Disrupt Flies’ Sense of Smell
The temporary loss of olfaction stops the flies from eating any more of whatever it is that made them sick.
Bacterial Infections Disrupt Flies’ Sense of Smell
Bacterial Infections Disrupt Flies’ Sense of Smell

The temporary loss of olfaction stops the flies from eating any more of whatever it is that made them sick.

The temporary loss of olfaction stops the flies from eating any more of whatever it is that made them sick.

Drosophila
Infographic: Microbiome-Driven Adaptations in Animals
Infographic: Microbiome-Driven Adaptations in Animals
Catherine Offord | Jul 1, 2021
Researchers are using experiments and observational studies to look for host genetic variation that could be partly determined by the gut microbiota.
The Inside Guide: The Gut Microbiome’s Role in Host Evolution
The Inside Guide: The Gut Microbiome’s Role in Host Evolution
Catherine Offord | Jul 1, 2021
Bacteria that live in the digestive tracts of animals may influence the adaptive trajectories of their hosts.
New Study Fuels Debate About Source of Birds’ Magnetic Sense
New Study Fuels Debate About Source of Birds’ Magnetic Sense
Catherine Offord | Jun 23, 2021
A detailed analysis of cryptochrome 4 shows that the protein is highly sensitive to magnetic fields in vitro, but some researchers dispute the authors’ assertion that the findings could help explain avian magnetoreception.
Tour the Applewhite Lab
Tour the Applewhite Lab
The Scientist Staff | Mar 9, 2021
Cell biologist Derek Applewhite gives a peek inside his laboratory at Reed College.
Derek Applewhite’s Actin Research Inspires the Next Generation
Derek Applewhite’s Actin Research Inspires the Next Generation
Lisa Winter | Mar 1, 2021
The biologist’s undergraduate-centered lab allows students to play a meaningful role in research.
Insects Pass Antiviral Immunity to Offspring
Insects Pass Antiviral Immunity to Offspring
Abby Olena | Dec 17, 2020
In both Drosophila and mosquitoes, protection lasts for generations following a single maternal exposure to positive-sense single-stranded RNA viruses.
<em>The Scientist</em> Speaks Podcast - Episode 11
The Scientist Speaks Podcast - Episode 11
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Nov 18, 2020
A Path Back to Health: Immune Tolerance to Infectious Disease
Male Flies&rsquo; Y Chromosome May Contribute to Earlier Deaths
Male Flies’ Y Chromosome May Contribute to Earlier Deaths
Jef Akst | Jul 13, 2020
As male Drosophila grow old, selfish genetic elements that are abundant on the Y chromosome become more active, which appears to reduce longevity.
Light Enables Long-Term Memory Maintenance in Fruit Flies
Light Enables Long-Term Memory Maintenance in Fruit Flies
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2020
Under constant darkness, Drosophila’s ability to form lasting memories is impaired.
Image of the Day: Nutrient Sensor
Image of the Day: Nutrient Sensor
Amy Schleunes | Mar 26, 2020
A zinc-sensing protein found in fruit fly intestines regulates the insect’s growth and feeding behavior.
David Hogness, Revolutionary of 20th Century Genetics, Dies
David Hogness, Revolutionary of 20th Century Genetics, Dies
Amy Schleunes | Jan 20, 2020
The Stanford University researcher’s groundbreaking work connected the fields of molecular biology and genetics, paving the way for the founding of genomics.
Image of the Day: Neural Branching Gene
Image of the Day: Neural Branching Gene
Emily Makowski | Jan 20, 2020
A gene involved in a newly described syndrome affects neural functioning in fruit fly embryos.
Image of the Day: Sciency Sweater
Image of the Day: Sciency Sweater
Emily Makowski | Dec 20, 2019
An evolutionary biologist knits a festive homage to her research.
Image of the Day: Virtual Landscape
Image of the Day: Virtual Landscape
Emily Makowski | Nov 25, 2019
Flashing lights activate fly navigation neurons.
Image of the Day: Fly Reconstruction
Image of the Day: Fly Reconstruction
Emily Makowski | Sep 27, 2019
Scientists create a micro-CT scan image of Drosophila in fine detail.
Image of the Day: Seizure Proteins
Image of the Day: Seizure Proteins
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 14, 2019
The sei ion channel in fruit flies keeps their neuronal excitability in check.
Image of the Day: Fly Eye
Image of the Day: Fly Eye
Chia-Yi Hou | Jul 16, 2019
See a developing Drosophila eye.
Fruit Flies Hide Their Eggs in Plain View
Fruit Flies Hide Their Eggs in Plain View
Karl Gruber | Jun 1, 2019
Chemical cues help Drosophila mask their eggs from predators.
Image of the Day: Organ Crosstalk
Image of the Day: Organ Crosstalk
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 19, 2019
Zooming in on the ovarioles of Drosophila could reveal links between muscles, nutrition, and the development of eggs.