Brain recordings from behaving fruit flies

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have obtained the first recordings of brain-cell activity in an actively flying fruit fly, suggesting that at least part of the brain of the fruit fly is more sensitive during flight.

Emotion-like behaviours in fruit flies

Scientists at the California Institute of Technology have uncovered evidence of a primitive emotion-like behaviour in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster.

Drunken fruit flies aid fight against alcoholism

A group of drunken fruit flies have helped researchers identify entire networks of genes-also present in humans-that play a key role in alcohol drinking behaviour.

Alcohol tolerance switch found in fruit flies

Researchers at North Carolina State University have found a genetic "switch" in fruit flies that plays an important role in making flies more tolerant to alcohol.

Robotics insights through flies' eyes

A fly's brain enables the unbelievable - the animal's easy negotiation of obstacles in rapid flight, split-second reaction to the hand that would catch it, and unerring navigation to the smelly delicacies it lives on.

Fruit flies provide new knowledge about uninhibited cell growth

In a new study, scientists at the University of Copenhagen show that a specific type of carbohydrate plays an important role in the intercellular signalling that controls the growth and development of the nervous system.

Flies may spread drug-resistant bacteria

Researchers found evidence that houseflies collected near broiler poultry operations may contribute to the dispersion of drug-resistant bacteria.





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