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Fruit Flies Confirm That Organic Food Is Healthier
2013-03-27 13:25:00

WATCH VIDEO: [Is Organic Food Healthier?] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Fruit flies that ate organic food were in better health overall than those that ate conventionally grown food, researchers from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas claim in a new study. The research, which was conducted in the laboratory of SMU biologist Johannes H. Bauer, was an attempt to determine the potential health benefits of organic food, which is grown without...

How The Fruit Fly Got Its Wings
2013-03-12 16:16:04

The Ohio State University Scientists have delved deeper into the evolutionary history of the fruit fly than ever before to reveal the genetic activity that led to the development of wings — a key to the insect´s ability to survive. The wings themselves are common research models for this and other species´ appendages. But until now, scientists did not know how the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, first sprouted tiny buds that became flat wings. A cluster of only 20...

Fruit Flies Force Their Young To Get Liquored-up For Their Own Good
2013-02-22 10:59:06

Emory University When fruit flies sense parasitic wasps in their environment, they lay their eggs in an alcohol-soaked environment, essentially forcing their larvae to consume booze as a drug to combat the deadly wasps. The discovery by biologists at Emory University is being published in the journal Science on Friday, February 22. “The adult flies actually anticipate an infection risk to their children, and then they medicate them by depositing them in alcohol,” says...

2012-12-05 11:03:18

The ability of the eye of a fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) to respond to light depends on a delicate ballet that keeps the supply of light sensors called rhodopsin constant as photoreceptors turn on and off in response to light exposures, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine (www.bcm.edu) and the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (http://www.nri.texaschildrens.org/) at Texas Children's Hospital in an article that appears online in the journal PLOS Biology...

Impact Of Adversity On Early Life Development Demonstrated
2012-10-26 10:03:21

Study part of growing body of knowledge surrounding gene-environment interplay It is time to put the nature versus nurture debate to rest and embrace growing evidence that it is the interaction between biology and environment in early life that influences human development, according to a series of studies recently published in a special edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). "Biologists used to think that our differences are pre-programmed in our genes,...

2012-10-01 02:29:48

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Amarantus BioSciences, Inc. (OTCBB: AMBS), a biotechnology company developing new treatments for brain-related disorders including Parkinson's disease and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) centered on its proprietary anti-apoptotic therapeutic protein known as MANF, today announced the publication of a landmark research paper on MANF, Amarantus' lead development program. The studies were conducted at the University of Helsinki, a research...

2012-09-12 11:37:38

Sex can trigger remarkable female responses including altered fertility, immunity, libido, eating and sleep patterns - by the activation of diverse sets of genes, according to research from the University of East Anglia. Publishing today in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the researchers studied how female Drosophila melanogaster - or fruit flies — respond to mating. They discovered that a single protein found in semen generates a wide range of responses in many...

2012-04-30 19:56:02

Stowers scientists use fruit flies to reveal unknown function of a transcriptional regulator of development and cancer Historically, fly and human Polycomb proteins were considered textbook exemplars of transcriptional repressors, or proteins that silence the process by which DNA gives rise to new proteins. Now, work by a team of researchers at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research challenges that dogma. In a cover story in the May 2012 issue of the journal Molecular and Cellular...

2012-04-04 21:11:54

Change from a lab to natural setting dramatically alters biological and genetic determinants of behavior A unique experiment carried out in a Leicester garden, and concurrently in a garden in Italy, has yielded surprising results that has changed scientific knowledge and is published in one of the world's foremost science journals. Research into the behavior of flies and their sleep-wake mechanism — their 24-hour behavioral rhythms- was conducted by researchers from the...

Spurned In Love, Study Finds Fruit Flies Turn To Alcohol
2012-03-16 07:48:23

[ Watch the Video ] A male, his affections spurned by a female that he's attracted to, is driven to excessive alcohol consumption. The story may be familiar, but in this case, the lead characters aren't humans -- they're fruit flies. Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), have discovered that like their Homo sapiens counterparts, male members of the species Drosophila melanogaster tend to, for lack of a better term, "get drunk" after being rejected by...