March 25, 2012

Fruit Fly Kidney Stones May Hold Answers for Humans: Researchers


U.S. and Scottish researchers have discovered that fruit flies get kidney stones -- a breakthrough that could help treat the condition in humans.  The researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and the University of Glasgow said it will be easy to study the condition in fruit flies because a fruit fly's kidneys are transparent, which allows researchers to watch as stones form. "Fruit flies are not bothered by the presence of kidney stones, so they are ideal subjects to study in order to better understand the condition in humans," Dr. Michael F. Romero of the Mayo Clinic said in a release Friday.

Additional coverage:  ScienceDaily



London Free Press   3/25/12

Tags: Dr. Michael F. Romero, fruit flies, kidney stones, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Research, University of Glasgow

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