Fly-catching robot expands the scope of biomedical research
Since the early 20th century, an unheralded star of genetics research has been a small and essentially very annoying creature: the fruit fly.
Study reveals fruit flies exhibit the building blocks of emotion
A fruit fly starts buzzing around food at a picnic, so you wave your hand over the insect and shoo it away. But when the insect flees the scene, is it doing so because it is actually afraid? Using fruit flies ...
DNA with self-interest: Transposable element conquers new strain of fly
Transposable elements are DNA sequences that are capable of changing their genome position by cut and paste or copy and paste through the enzyme transposase. This ability can be harmful for hosts if transposable ...
Massively parallel biology students: More than 900 students co-author genomics research paper
The list of authors for an article on the comparative genomics of a fruit fly chromosome, published online May 11 by the journal G3, runs three single-spaced pages. Large author lists are the norm in hig ...
Little flies in the big city: What you find depends on how you look
A group of researchers from the U.S. and Australia have announced the completely unexpected discovery of exotic "vinegar flies" (drosophilids) in urban Los Angeles in a paper appearing in the journal PLOS ON ...
Genetic changes to basic developmental processes evolve more frequently than thought
Newly evolved genes can rapidly assume control over fundamental functions during early embryonic development, report scientists from the University of Chicago. They identified a gene, found only in one specific ...
Australia—riding on the insect's back
As you may have spotted, the title of this article is a cheeky reference to the famous saying that Australia rides on the back of a particular woolly ruminant. The reference dates back to 1894, when the wool ...
Want to save energy? Fly the environmentally friendly skies
Flying in a plane is not only safer than driving a car, it's also better for the environment, says a University of Michigan researcher.
DNA 'spool' modification affects aging and longevity
Research on a modified protein around which DNA is wrapped sheds light on how gene regulation is linked to aging and longevity in nematodes, fruit flies and possibly humans.
Stop fruit flies by removing rotten fruit
Three years after they were first detected, the number of spotted-wing drosophila fruit flies in the Netherlands has exploded. "There are still ways to combat the harmful Drosophila suzukii in soft fruit," ...
Researchers find hormone receptor that allows mosquitoes to reproduce
University of Georgia entomologists have unlocked one of the hormonal mechanisms that allow mosquitoes to produce eggs.
Aliens have never invaded Japan: defence minister
Alien spaceships have never entered Japanese airspace, the country's defence minister has told parliamentarians, after being questioned about a possible aerial invasion by little green men.
Fruit flies crucial to basic research
The world around us is full of amazing creatures. My favorite is an animal the size of a pinhead, that can fly and land on the ceiling, that stages an elaborate (if not beautiful) courtship ritual, that can ...
Sci-Fly study explores how lifeforms know to be the right size
Shakespeare said "to be or not to be" is the question, and now scientists are asking how life forms grow to be the correct size with proportional body parts.