You may want to reconsider swatting that pesky fruit fly: Despite appearances, we share more than half of our genes with the tiny insect. For this reason—and their shorter life span and simpler genome—researchers often use the flies as models for human health and disease.
Nobel laureate Michael Rosbash, Ph.D., is one such scientist. A self-described “fly chauvinist,” this month he visited SBP to present his latest research on the circadian rhythm of fruit flies. The event quickly became standing room only.