Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Fruit flies with neurodegenerative disease

University of Pennsylvania geneticists have found that by manipulating a key gene, they can prevent the onset of various human neurodegenerative diseases in fruit flies. The filies were genetically engineered to develop human diseases.

In this video from the lab, healthy fruit flies (left) climb up a cylinder faster than those with a neuromuscular disorder called Kennedy's disease (0:24).