Since 1954, Kyoto University has been managing a population of fruit flies, living in total darkness. Now, after interbreeding some of these “dark flies” with regular flies, the researchers are learning more about the genetic adaptations taking place when fruit flies are kept entirely in the dark.
For countless decades scientists have relied on the lowly fruit fly, aka Drosophila melanogaster, because its simplicity makes it an ideal organism for studying genetics. But counting, sorting, and analyzing fruit flies is such a terribly tedious task that Stanford has actually taken the time to build a robot that can…
Can you distinguish a clever data visualization from an abstract expressionist painting?
If you look really closely next time a group of fruit flies invades your kitchen, you might notice that some flies fight more than others. Male fruit flies, Drosophila melanogaster, are more aggressive than females, and the latest research from David Anderson's Caltech biology lab suggests that's because they have a…
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.
Could it be a heat map representation of some strange metropolis? Maybe it's a new breakthrough in spectral analysis techniques? Or perhaps it's just a severely decomposed scanwich. Unfortunately, all of those guesses are wrong.
A team of researchers experimented with fruit flies and found that by genetically engineering some flies, they were able to give those flies the "memory" of pain that they never actually experienced. It's kind of complicated and kind of creepy.