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Drosophila melanogaster

A Catalyst article about the fruit fly which has played a succession of key roles in developments in biological science over the last 100 years as a laboratory subject in genetics.

Researchers have found that many aspects of the biochemistry of fruit flies and humans are similar. It is due to the fact that these flies have become a useful tool in studying human diseases caused by defective genes, including Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and cancer.

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2006, Volume 17, Issue 2.

Catalyst is a science magazine for students aged 14-19 years. Annual subscriptions to print copies of the magazine can be purchased from Mindsets.

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