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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
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
Jef Akst | Aug 12, 2015
Researchers visualize the complete nervous system of a
larva at nearly single-neuron resolution.
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.
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 | 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
Beth Marie Mole | Oct 14, 2012
Fruit flies engineered to suffer from temperature-dependent seizures reveal overactive sodium channels in neurons.