fruit flies
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. 
Entire Fruit Fly Brain Imaged with Electron Microscopy
Entire Fruit Fly Brain Imaged with Electron Microscopy
Ashley Yeager | May 31, 2017
Synaptic connections and a new neuron type emerge in high-res images, which hold promise for mapping the complete connectome.
Enzyme Required for Mitochondrial Genome Destruction
Enzyme Required for Mitochondrial Genome Destruction
Abby Olena | Mar 22, 2017
Mitochondrial DNA polymerase is necessary for the destruction of paternal mtDNA in fruit fly sperm, scientists show.
Scientists Solve Giant Sperm Paradox
Scientists Solve Giant Sperm Paradox
Tanya Lewis | May 26, 2016
A study reveals why some male fruit flies produce sex cells that are 20 times the length of their bodies.
Picturing Inheritance, 1916
Picturing Inheritance, 1916
Amanda B. Keener | May 1, 2016
This year marks the centennial of Calvin Bridges’s description of nondisjunction as proof that chromosomes are vehicles for inheritance.
Fruit-Fly Neurons in Action
Fruit-Fly Neurons in Action
Jef Akst | Aug 12, 2015
Researchers visualize the complete nervous system of a Drosophila melanogaster larva at nearly single-neuron resolution.
Insulin Interference Triggers Cancer-Linked Cachexia
Insulin Interference Triggers Cancer-Linked Cachexia
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Apr 6, 2015
A tumor-secreted protein interferes with insulin signaling to cause cancer-linked muscle wasting in fruit flies.