One Amazing Fly!

Flies really are the coolest model organism to study!

There are a lot of reasons why Drosophila are exciting to study.

  • Fruit flies are being used to study the genes that affect insulin levels.
  • Fruit flies actually sleep! Scientists can use them to study genes that affect sleep.
  • Scientists can use fruit flies to identify possible cancer drugs.

Some more interesting facts about Drosophila

Drosophila Mutants

When fruit fly geneticists discover a new mutation in a new gene, they examine the phenotype or the effects of the mutation. Then, they name the gene based on what the fly with the mutated allele looks like. Here is a list of fun fruit fly gene names. Can you guess what the mutant fly looks like? See if you can match them below!

We spend one third of our lives asleep and yet the purpose of sleep remains unknown.

Fruit flies used to unlock mysteries of human diabetes

Fruit Fly Song