Evolutionary Biologist Richard Lewontin Dies at 92
Evolutionary Biologist Richard Lewontin Dies at 92
The Harvard University evolutionary biologist pioneered the use of protein gel electrophoresis to study molecular genetics.  
Evolutionary Biologist Richard Lewontin Dies at 92
Evolutionary Biologist Richard Lewontin Dies at 92

The Harvard University evolutionary biologist pioneered the use of protein gel electrophoresis to study molecular genetics.  

The Harvard University evolutionary biologist pioneered the use of protein gel electrophoresis to study molecular genetics.  

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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.
Tau Linked to RNA Splicing Errors in Flies
Tau Linked to RNA Splicing Errors in Flies
Emily Makowski | Oct 8, 2019
In brain samples from people with Alzheimer’s disease, the protein aggregates more strongly bound proteins involved in processing RNA, the same study finds.
Image of the Day: Poison Tolerance
Image of the Day: Poison Tolerance
Emily Makowski | Oct 3, 2019
Genetically engineered Drosophila withstand toxins common in monarch butterflies’ diet.
Johannes Kohl Untangles the Neural Circuitry Behind Instinct
Johannes Kohl Untangles the Neural Circuitry Behind Instinct
Nicoletta Lanese | Oct 1, 2019
The Francis Crick Institute neurobiologist aims to learn how physiological states, such as hunger, alter information processing in the brain.
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.
Genetically Personalized Fruit Flies Screen for Cancer Drugs
Genetically Personalized Fruit Flies Screen for Cancer Drugs
Ruth Williams | May 22, 2019
Fly avatars bearing multiple genetic changes akin to those of a cancer patient lead to a tailor-made treatment that has shrunk the patient’s tumors.
Artificially Intelligent Tools Capture Animal Movement
Artificially Intelligent Tools Capture Animal Movement
Carolyn Wilke | May 1, 2019
Algorithms for motion capture help neuroscientists dig into the question of how the brain produces behavior.
China Is Growing Cotton on the Moon
China Is Growing Cotton on the Moon
Ashley Yeager | Jan 15, 2019
Images from the country’s Chang’e-4 lunar lander show the first sprouting plants.
Fruit Fly Geneticist Bruce Baker Dies
Fruit Fly Geneticist Bruce Baker Dies
Diana Kwon | Jul 30, 2018
The Stanford University professor was known for his work on sex determination and courtship in flies.
Fruit Fly Males Woo Females with Three Songs, Not Two
Fruit Fly Males Woo Females with Three Songs, Not Two
Abby Olena | Jul 26, 2018
Researchers show that Drosophila melanogaster males are capable of producing more modes of courtship song with their wings than previously thought.
Fruit Fly Geneticist Dan Lindsley Dies
Fruit Fly Geneticist Dan Lindsley Dies
Kerry Grens | Jun 26, 2018
A leader in the Drosophila community, the UCSD professor was well known for his so-called Red Book of fruit fly genetics.
Male Fruit Flies Take Pleasure in Having Sex
Male Fruit Flies Take Pleasure in Having Sex
Jim Daley | Apr 20, 2018
Sex-deprived males seek out alcohol.
Image of the Day: Gene Expression
Image of the Day: Gene Expression
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Apr 9, 2018
A new algorithm scrutinizes the most hard-to-read segments of the genome.
3-D–Printed Ethoscopes Lower Barriers to Large-Scale Fly Behavior Studies
3-D–Printed Ethoscopes Lower Barriers to Large-Scale Fly Behavior Studies
Ruth Williams | Jan 1, 2018
The DIY devices collect data and enable light stimulation, chamber agitation, and gas infusion.
Image of the Day: Fragile Fly 
Image of the Day: Fragile Fly 
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Dec 7, 2017
Researchers examine the effects on the fruit fly intestine of the protein responsible for Fragile X syndrome in humans. 
Image of the Day: Blood Factory
Image of the Day: Blood Factory
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Nov 20, 2017
In Drosophila larvae, the formation of blood cells takes place in a specialized organ, the lymph gland.
Q&A with Michael Young, Nobel Laureate
Q&A with Michael Young, Nobel Laureate
Ashley P. Taylor | Oct 2, 2017
Young talks with The Scientist about studying circadian rhythms in fruit flies, the applications of his work beyond Drosophila, and winning the prize. 
Q&A with Nobel Laureate Michael Rosbash
Q&A with Nobel Laureate Michael Rosbash
Ashley Yeager | Oct 2, 2017
A basic curiosity about how life works led the Brandeis University molecular biologist to discover how our bodies keep time. 
Behavior Circuits Mapped in Whole Fruit Fly Brain
Behavior Circuits Mapped in Whole Fruit Fly Brain
Anna Azvolinsky | Jul 13, 2017
Using machine learning, researchers have created extensive maps of the neuronal circuits associated with social and locomotion behaviors in the fruit fly.