The Bay Chronicle - - MOTORING -

If, like me, you’ve got bowls of ripen­ing fruit and toma­toes on the kitchen bench, you’ve prob­a­bly got a cloud of fruit flies as well. Drosophila melanogaster are com­mon in gar­dens, worm farms, rub­bish bins and drains – any damp place where rot­ting plant ma­te­rial or fer­ment­ing liq­uid has gath­ered.

Drosophila have been used for ge­netic re­search for more than 50 years be­cause they breed rapidly. Not only do they share 75 per cent of the genes that cause dis­ease in hu­mans but their large chro­mo­somes have bar­code-like stripes so changes to the ge­netic code can be easiy iden­ti­fied un­der a mi­cro­scope.

In the gar­den they can be used as an in­di­ca­tor for po­ten­tial

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