“Top model” flies

"El Periódico” publishes an article on the work done with Drosophila melanogaster—the fruit fly—at IRB Barcelona. This organism is one of the most studied animal models and the basis for many lines of research at the institute. Humans share 70% of their genome with these flies, thus allowing scientist to address the basic mechanisms of development and analyse cancer treatments.

During a tour of the facilities at the Barcelona Science Park, journalist Ana Lopez was accompanied by Jordi Casanova, leader of the Development and Morphogenesis in Drosophila group, Marc Furriols, research associate, Lara Barrio, a postdoctoral researcher in Marco Milán’s lab, and Ainoa Olza, the head of the Drosophila injection service.