Worms, flies and humans: How we are related

Biologists on Wednesday said the genetic machinery of humans, fruit flies and roundworms was similar in many surprising ways, a discovery that could help basic research into disease.

Genetically modified fruit flies could save crops

Releasing genetically engineered fruit flies into the wild could prove to be a cheap, effective and environmentally friendly way of pest control, a new study has found.

Fruit flies can help unlock mysteries of human diabetes

Researchers have developed a new technique to measure insulin levels in fruit flies, an advance that allows for the use of this insect in diabetes research.

Fruit flies next frontier to fight diabetes

Tiny fruit flies can unlock the mystery of how mutations associated with the development of diabetes affect the production and secretion of the vital hormone insulin.

Fruit flies `think` before they act: Study

A new study suggests that fruit flies "think" before they act.

Longevity mutation found in flies `far-reaching`

Researchers have said that a particularly important variation of the gene with much the same life-governing consequences has actually been widespread among fruit flies.

Fruit flies bred in space reveal microgravity`s impact on astronauts

Fruit flies bred in space are now offering scientists a clue as to how astronauts` immune systems could get damaged during prolonged space travel.

Zero gravity in space may impact astronauts` immunity

The clue to astronauts` immunity in outer space owing to prolonged travel lies in learning the negative impact of zero gravity on fruit flies.

Fruit flies may help detect cancer

Fruit flies can distinguish cancer cells from healthy ones using their olfactory senses, according to a new study which may lead to fast and efficient pre-screening techniques to detect tumours.

Fruit flies may harbour dementia cure

Researchers have taken a significant step forward in unraveling the mechanisms of Pavlovian conditioning and understanding this will help understand how memories form and, ultimately, provide better treatments to improve memory in all ages.

I’ts like mother, like daughter, like father, like son, when it comes to lifespans

Evolutionary biologists have shown that the proverb: like mother, like daughter; like father, like son, also applies to inheriting a long life at least for fruit flies.

Females play key role in determining paternity in fruit flies

Biologists have found that female fruit flies play a larger role in determining paternity than previously thought.

Scientists decode genomes of sexually precocious fruit flies

Scientists have deciphered how lowly fruit flies bred to rapidly develop and reproduce actually evolve over time.

Happy fruit flies look for habitat just like their old homes

A new study has shown that adult fruit flies, which were happy in their youth, tend to choose a habitat similar to ones they were born in.

Fruit flies may offer drug addiction treatment

Scientists suggest that fruit flies can prove to be an effective research model for studying the effects of cocaine and other drugs abuse on the brain.

Fruit flies may offer drug addiction treatment

Scientists suggest that fruit flies can prove to be an effective research model for studying the effects of cocaine and other drugs abuse on the brain.

Experts use light to program fruit flies

Scientists have used light to
program the memories of fruit flies, according to an Oxford
University-led study published in the journal Cell.