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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.
Abby Olena | Jan 29, 2014
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Frisky Fruit Flies
Abby Olena | Nov 5, 2013
Researchers show that
females upregulate an immune gene for protection against sexually transmitted infections before copulation.
Fixing Fly Forgetfulness
Kate Yandell | Sep 3, 2013
Polyamines help fruit flies retain memories as they age.
Lords of the Fly, circa 1910
Dan Cossins | Sep 1, 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
Beth Marie Mole | Oct 15, 2012
Fruit flies engineered to suffer from temperature-dependent seizures reveal overactive sodium channels in neurons.
Flies Evolve to Count
Hayley Dunning | Jul 12, 2012
Researchers breed fruit flies that, after 40 generations of conditioning, have acquired the ability to react to numbers.
Burgers and Flies
Megan Scudellari | May 1, 2012
Inspired by Darwin, Mohamed Noor has uncovered the molecular dance by which a single species becomes two.
Boozing for Better Health
Megan Scudellari | Feb 16, 2012
Fruit flies consume alcohol to kill off parasites.