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Articles about Drosophila

Animals in Research: The Fruit Fly

By Gary Hime

An enormous amount of what we know about genetics has come from research using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.

More than a century of scientific research on a species of fly, Drosophila melanogaster, has placed it on a pedestal in the pantheon of organisms that have informed us of the mysteries of developmental processes and molecules that govern our own development and disease.