Drosophila melanogaster, or the fruitfly, is one of the most rigorously-studied bugs in history. Because they breed quickly, and have a relatively small but diverse genome, they are incredibly popular with geneticists. And these geneticists have carefully enumerated (and induced) all the crazy mutations you can…
What better way to honor a famous character, creature or concept from science fiction or fantasy than to immortalize them with a scientific name? Specifically, the name of a gene.
Wasps like to invade fruit flies and take over their bodies, like some insect version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Scientists have now discovered that fruit flies have developed a way to defend themselves: alcohol.