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Model of fly brain neuron connections
How Larval Fruit Fly Brains Convert Sensory Signals to Movement
A wiring map diagrams more than half a million neuronal connections in the first complete connectome of Drosophila and holds clues about which brain architectures best support learning.
How Larval Fruit Fly Brains Convert Sensory Signals to Movement
How Larval Fruit Fly Brains Convert Sensory Signals to Movement

A wiring map diagrams more than half a million neuronal connections in the first complete connectome of Drosophila and holds clues about which brain architectures best support learning.

A wiring map diagrams more than half a million neuronal connections in the first complete connectome of Drosophila and holds clues about which brain architectures best support learning.

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Male common fruit fly (Drosophila Melanogaster) - about 2 mm long - sitting on a blade of grass with green foliage background
The Sex Appeal of Symmetric Songs
Mary Bates | Aug 1, 2022 | 5 min read
Female fruit flies assess the physical symmetry of male suitors through the songs they sing, a study claims.
A drawing of pseudostratified gut epithelial cells in the early intestines, cells in red and nucleus in purple.
Move Over Apoptosis: Another Form of Cell Death May Occur in the Gut
Natalia Mesa, PhD | May 18, 2022 | 6 min read
Though scientists don’t yet know much about it, a newly described process called erebosis might have profound implications for how the gut maintains itself.
Drosophila melanogaster on cactus leaf
Fruit Flies Evolve in Time with the Seasons: Study
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Mar 17, 2022 | 5 min read
Researchers find that evolution can operate on extraordinarily fast timescales.
A multicolored section of a fruit fly brain
Tumors Disrupt the Blood-Brain Barrier at a Distance
Abby Olena, PhD | Sep 9, 2021 | 4 min read
Shoring up the tissues that separate neurons and other brain cells from the circulatory system in fruit flies and mice can prolong life in the presence of a tumor.
Insects Pass Antiviral Immunity to Offspring
Abby Olena, PhD | Dec 17, 2020 | 4 min read
In both Drosophila and mosquitoes, protection lasts for generations following a single maternal exposure to positive-sense single-stranded RNA viruses.
Light Enables Long-Term Memory Maintenance in Fruit Flies
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2020 | 2 min read
Under constant darkness, Drosophila’s ability to form lasting memories is impaired.
Image of the Day: Neural Branching Gene
Emily Makowski | Jan 20, 2020 | 1 min read
A gene involved in a newly described syndrome affects neural functioning in fruit fly embryos.
Image of the Day: Virtual Landscape
Emily Makowski | Nov 25, 2019 | 2 min read
Flashing lights activate fly navigation neurons.
fruit fly drosophila melanogaster sperm sex peptide memory reproduction
Sex Promotes Lasting Memories in Female Flies
Ruth Williams | Nov 20, 2019 | 3 min read
A protein present in the ejaculate of male fruit flies activates long-term memory formation in the brains of their female partners.
Image of the Day: Fly Reconstruction
Emily Makowski | Sep 27, 2019 | 1 min read
Scientists create a micro-CT scan image of Drosophila in fine detail.
Sleep Deprivation Hardly Harms Fruit Flies
Kerry Grens | Feb 21, 2019 | 2 min read
Some individuals sleep just minutes a day. And keeping flies awake does not have untoward effects on longevity.
Image of the Day: The Imitation Game
Sukanya Charuchandra | Sep 14, 2018 | 1 min read
A bioinspired robot helps researchers study insect flight.
Image of the Day: Puppet Master
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 3, 2018 | 1 min read
Researchers study the mechanistic effects of behavioral changes caused by parasites in fruit flies.
Image of the Day: Snapshot
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jul 20, 2018 | 1 min read
Scientists map the fruit fly brain, giving an in-depth look at its neurons.
Kathy Matthews, Drosophila Geneticist, Dies
Kerry Grens | Mar 20, 2018 | 2 min read
For decades, Matthews led two important repositories for fruit fly research: the Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center and FlyBase.  
Image of the Day: Fruit Fly Factory 
The Scientist and The Scientist Staff | Nov 10, 2017 | 1 min read
A fruit fly ovary can contain up to 20 eggs at a time. 
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