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`Fruit fly` gene reveals how human communication is possible: Study

Last Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014, 21:56

A new study has discovered a crucial component of the origin of language in humans with the help of gene identified in fruit flies.

Sex-change to combat one of Australia`s worst pests

Last Updated: Friday, March 21, 2014, 17:48

In a unique way to combat one of Australia`s worst pests, scientists are planning to create a male-only line of the dreaded Queensland fruit fly to save the country`s 7 billion dollar horticulture industry.

Plants may be more intelligent than previously believed

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 05, 2014, 15:47

Researchers have suggested that plants are more intelligent than we believe, insisting that they are also able to make complex decisions.

Fruit flies help reveal how animals learn to like the food they dislike

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 16:01

Researchers use a fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, to unravel a mechanism to explain how animals modify their taste preferences.

Herbal extract used for stress relief also boost fruit fly lifespan

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 10:10

UC Irvine researchers have found that the herbal extract of a yellow-flowered mountain plant long used for stress relief increases the lifespan of fruit fly populations by an average of 24 percent.

Male fruit flies identify eligible females by smell

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 12:56

Young male fruit flies learn the smell of a receptive female to avoid wasting their efforts hunting for a mate, a new study has revealed.

Fruit fly may help in understanding evolution of sex

Last Updated: Saturday, August 11, 2012, 14:13

A developmental geneticist has used a common fruit fly to understand the evolution of sex and gamete function.

Fruit flies get kidney stones too

Last Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2012, 14:15

Researchers have discovered that fruit flies get kidney stones just like us - a breakthrough that may hold the key to treat the condition in humans.

Male fruit flies put more effort into mating after meeting rivals

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 14:31

Male fruit flies consistently change their mating behaviour depending on whether they have spent time with other males before mating, according to a new study.

Jilted male flies too drown `sorrow` in alcohol

Last Updated: Friday, March 16, 2012, 19:09

Male fruit flies too drown their `sorrow` in excessive alcohol consumption, like humans, when females reject their sexual advances.

Fruit fly genome ‘may become genetic Rosetta stone

Last Updated: Thursday, February 09, 2012, 22:54

Scientists have developed a new community resource that may help in unlocking the mystery behind the genetic basis of traits and diseases.

Insects watch skies to navigate

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 21:24

How do insects such as butterflies, locusts and fruit flies navigate thousands of miles so precisely with only the unchanging sky in the foreground? Researchers now have an answer.