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All Hail the Fruit Fly?

By Cheryl Heppner

I’m not sure how I feel about the possibility that the fruit fly might be part of my family tree – and yours, especially after having my lovely ripe peaches attacked last weekend.

Today I learned in an article from MedicalXpress that the ideal model to study hearing loss in people is the aforementioned fruit fly, particularly in the case of hearing loss from damage by loud noise.  Researchers at the University of Iowa are hot on the trail. You’ll want to learn what they’re up to, why the fruit fly model for research is superior, and about the use of the fruit fly antenna to respond to courtship songs.

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