Scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute have shown that fruit flies that spent several weeks on the International Space Station (ISS)—about half of their lives—experienced profound structural and biochemical changes to their hearts.
Iowa State University scientists restored the function of heart muscles in aging fruit flies, according to a newly published study. The genetic complex identified in the research could lead to new treatments for heart disease in humans.
Neuroscientists have decoded how visual cues reorganize the activity of compass neurons in fruit flies to maintain an accurate sense of direction. Tracking individual neurons as flies navigate a virtual reality environment, they shed light on how organisms build a spatial map of their world.
A recent study from the laboratory of Stowers Investigator Scott Hawley, PhD, has revealed more details about how the synaptonemal complex performs its job, including some surprising subtleties in function.