News tagged with fly larva

Slimming gene regulates body fat

Scientists at the University of Bonn, Germany, have discovered a previously unknown fruit fly gene that controls the metabolism of fat. Larvae in which this gene is defective lose their entire fat reserves. Therefore the ...

dateNov 02, 2009 in Biotechnology
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Using insects to test for drug safety

Insects, such as some moths and fruit flies, react to microbial infection in the same way as mammals and so can be used to test the efficiency of new drugs, thereby reducing the need for animal testing. Dr Kevin Kavanagh ...

dateSep 08, 2009 in Cell & Microbiology
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Why silkworms find mulberries attractive

A new study published online on May 7th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, has found the source of silkworms' attraction to mulberry leaves, their primary food source. A jasmine-scented chemical emitted in small ...

dateMay 07, 2009 in Plants & Animals
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Gene-engineered flies are pest solution

For the first time, male flies of a serious agricultural pest, the medfly, have been bred to generate offspring that die whilst they are still embryos. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Biology describe the ...

dateJan 27, 2009 in
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