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house fly genome
2014-10-14 04:00:03

The house fly might be a worldwide pest, but its genome will provide information that could improve our lives. From insights into pathogen immunity, to pest control and decomposing waste, the 691 Mb genome has been sequenced and analyzed by a global consortium of scientists.

Studying Fruit Flies On The International Space Station
2014-07-09 03:40:57

Fruit flies are bug eyed and spindly, they love rotten bananas, and, following orders from their pin-sized brains, they can lay hundreds of eggs every day.

Fruit fly study shows Hypergravity may help mitigate biological problems in space
2014-07-01 03:55:42

Before you swat away the next fruit fly, consider instead just how similar its biological complexities are to our own.

Controlling Fruit Fly Movements With A Mind-Altering Device
2014-05-26 11:15:03

A joint collaboration between the Vienna University of Technology and US researchers, has resulted in the development of a unique and novel technique to control Drosophila melangogaster, perhaps better known as the fruit fly, via thermogenetic means.

2014-03-27 13:12:58

As Rachel Carson predicted 50 years ago in her groundbreaking book Silent Spring, crop pests are capable of outwitting the chemical compounds known as xenobiotics that are devised to kill them.

Insect Pests In The Making
2014-03-19 21:19:27

Of thousands of known species of Drosophila fruit flies, just one is known as a crop pest, depositing eggs inside ripening fruit so its maggots can feed and grow.

Fly Eye Wins Huygens Image Contest
2014-01-15 15:31:48

Karin Panser's fly eye image wins Huygens Image Contest 2013.

Cell Migration Study Provides Insights Into The Movement Of Cancer Cells
2013-11-21 11:24:35

Using Drosophila melanogaster, researchers at IRB Barcelona discover that during multiple cell migrations a single cell can act as leader, dragging the others with it.

2013-11-19 17:00:07

Why do crosses between closely related species fail to produce fertile hybrids?

2013-09-30 15:57:49

A team at IRB Barcelona identifies an essential protein for embryonic viability during the first cell divisions in the fly Drosophila.


Word of the Day
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.