Bugs and Features in Fruit Flies

August 28, 2014 7:42 PM

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Bugs and Features in Fruit Flies

In my last post, "The Curious Incident of the Fly in the Night," I told a story about Mimi Shirasu-Hiza as an example of how scientists sometimes find that -- in Shirasu-Hiza's words -- "what might look like 'noise' is potentially 'signal'.'"

Noting that her fruit flies were more likely to get sick and die if they were infected at nighttime led her to important discoveries about the effects of circadian rhythm on immune response. Shirasu-Hiza's work also provides me with a second story, in which, if I may employ another cliché (really ba...

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