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2012-03-08 15:49:49

Research presented at the March 7-11, 2012, conference in Chicago includes studies on metabolism, aging, and monarch butterfly migration The Genetics Society of America's 53rd Annual Drosophila Research Conference, March 7-11 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, will showcase diverse efforts to understand basic biological processes through the easy-to-study fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, and other insects. Drosophila provides the ideal model system for studying biological...

2005-06-02 01:30:00

University of Utah researchers showed that a fruit fly gene is crucial for determining when juveniles begin to mature into adults, and how the transformation initially proceeds. Understanding this process in humans may help explain how adorable children become surly teenagers. When the DHR4 gene is disabled, fruit flies prematurely begin metamorphosis "“ maturation from an immature larva to a sexually active adult. It is the first genetic mutation found to cause early maturation in...