Discover how the humble fruit fly is helping scientists to fight Parkinson's disease and even cancer.
- Drosophila Melanogaster, the common fruit fly, is used in scientific research to combat diseases such as Parkinson's, Huntington's, Alzheimer's, heart disease and cancer.
- The fruit fly lifecycle is short and easy to study.
- Almost 75% of human disease genes can be matched to the genetic code of fruit flies.
- Fruit flies are small and easy to breed.
The common fruit fly
Used in scientific research for over 100 years
5 reasons why:
They are small and easy to breed
They live for only 2 weeks so it's easy to study their lifecycle
In these 14 days the female lays hundreds of eggs
Its embryo grows outside ...
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