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Friday, August 3, 2012

Those Fruit Flies Are Your Friend !!!

The type of insect that you easily breed in or outside your BH is normally Fruit Fly.

They can be obtain easily at any location that are wet and filled with rotting materials.

While reading the Star newspaper yesterday I saw this interesting article about how fruit fly help scientist to find the cure for cancer:

Fruit fly study offers clue to fight cancer

Efforts to fight breast cancer here have received a boost from scientists’ work with the fruit fly.
The team at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) have discovered that low levels of a gene called Socs5 could be linked to a higher risk of the cancer in people.
The scientists at A*Star’s Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology discovered the gene’s effect on the cancer by screening the fly.
Although different in many ways, the fly and human beings are similar in a remarkable two-thirds of their genomes. They also develop some cancers in the same way.
Previous studies have shown that about 75% of known human disease genes have a recognisable match in the fruit fly genome.
Doctors could check the level of the gene in patients and the research could also lead to more targeted treatment for cancers linked to the gene.
The team’s findings were published earlier this month in science journalGenes and Development. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

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