Fruit flies can be annoying, buzzing around your kitchen table when you leave those bananas out! What you may not know is that the tiny fruit fly has been a workhorse for over 100 years in better understanding fundamental facts about human biology and disease. Like humans, fruit flies have a brain, can learn, sleep, drink and get addicted, and are providing a great model for studying age and age-related neurodegenerative disorders. They have even helped discover drug therapies for cancer! We will cover the history of major genetic discoveries that led to several Nobel prizes and discuss some of the ways in which flies can help us understand disease and develop therapies for humans.
Presenter: Daniela Zarnescu, Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Neurobiology and Neurology, University of Arizona