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Durham University

Department of Physics

Events

Me, Myself and Fly: How a household pest helps us understand our own biology (Biosciences)

18th January 2020, 10:30, Calman Learning Centre, Dr. David Doupé

The fruit fly has been used as a model for biology research for over a hundred years, winning 6 Nobel Prizes for topics ranging from genetics and inheritance, to embryonic development and immunity.

We will discuss why this simple invertebrate has proved so useful for understanding fundamental questions in biology, and how the fruit fly is used today in thousands of labs around the world - offering new insights into the biology of stem cells, diabetes, Alzheimer’s Disease and cancer.

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