fruit flies
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 | Apr 30, 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. 
Animal Tracker
Animal Tracker
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Jun 3, 2014
A program developed by animal behavior researchers automatically tracks individuals in a group, like fish in a school or ants in a colony.
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Abby Olena | Jan 29, 2014
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Frisky Fruit Flies
Frisky Fruit Flies
Abby Olena | Nov 5, 2013
Researchers show that Drosophila females upregulate an immune gene for protection against sexually transmitted infections before copulation.
Fixing Fly Forgetfulness
Fixing Fly Forgetfulness
Kate Yandell | Sep 3, 2013
Polyamines help fruit flies retain memories as they age.
Lords of the Fly, circa 1910
Lords of the Fly, circa 1910
Dan Cossins | Aug 31, 2013
In a cramped lab overflowing with fruit flies, Thomas Hunt Morgan and his protégés made the discoveries that laid the foundations of modern genetics.
Twitching Flies Tell Epilepsy’s Tale
Twitching Flies Tell Epilepsy’s Tale
Beth Marie Mole | Oct 14, 2012
Fruit flies engineered to suffer from temperature-dependent seizures reveal overactive sodium channels in neurons.