What's so special about these little bugs?
Do these animals even have a brain?
What kind of experiments can you do,
and what can you learn from them?
Flies are great for biomedical research because...
6 (or 7?) Nobel Prizes in Physiology & Medicine awarded to flies
To be accurate, it is the scientists who received the awards, not the flies themselves, but there have been a number of Drosophilists who received the Nobel Prize in Physiology & Medicine for their outstanding contributions to biomedical sciences.
Embryonic Nervous System
Robust Functional Assays
Various Behavioral Assays
Transgenic flies made in house (relatively easily)!
'Humanizing' a fly is not science fiction!
Naming a fly gene
The first person to functionally characterize a previously unstudied fly gene gets the privilege to name the gene of interest. Here are some fly genes named by us.
Acknowledging the great artist, Edith M. Wallace
Edith M. Wallace worked in the laboratory of Thomas Hunt Morgan in the early 20th century. Her detailed drawings of wild-type and mutant Drosophila not only have extreme scientific value, but are also valuable pieces of art. Many of her original drawings are archived in Caltech (to where Morgan's lab moved from Columbia in 1928), and some can be found online from several digital libraries (JSTOR, DPLA) and databases (Caltech Archives). Her illustrations have also been extensively used in the 'Red Book', which became the foundation of FlyBase. The 'Drawing of Drosophila (1934)', depicting one male and one female wild-type Drosophila melanogaster in full color, shown on the top of this page, is also a masterpiece by Ms. Wallace.