Freezing The Common Fruit Fly

December 19, 2009 at 12:13 am Leave a comment

Using a microscope the size of a football field, scientists from The University of Western Ontario are studying why some insects can survive freezing, while others cannot. Why is this important? Because the common fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) is one of the bugs that cannot survive freezing and the little creature just so happens to share much of the same genetic makeup as humans, therefore finding a way to freeze them for research purposes is a top priority for geneticists the world over (about 75 per cent of known human disease genes have a recognizable match in the genetic code of fruit flies)……..
http://www.biology-blog.com/blogs/permalin…

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