The Mutant Fruit Flies That Tell Us About Human Disease

Posted on March 22nd, 2012 by

The common fruit fly and human beings may look nothing alike but appearances can be deceiving. The two species not only share around 70% of the same disease-causing genes but they also have many of the same major organs. This similarity, combined with the flies' brief life-spans and ability to reproduce quickly, make them invaluable for scientists studying genetics and diseases…Dr Michael F Romero, from the Mayo Clinic, collaborated with the research and found a way to slow down kidney stone formation by blocking the gene responsible for transporting oxalate. He believed that with further testing this could be used to treat humans.

 

BBC   3/22/12

Tags: disease-causing genes, Dr. Michael Romero, fruit flies, Genomics, Research

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