development of higher organisms requires a complex interplay of genes to
coordinate the behavior and fate of cells and to orchestrate complex morphogenetic
movements. Drosophila is a model organism that has led to the understanding
of many developmental principles often applicable to other organisms, too.
Why is Drosophila so successful?
Flies are easy to keep and have a short generation time, allowing quick experiments. A long research tradition has helped establish useful fly specific tools and techniques. Although a complex organism, the fly more easily reveals its secrets than mammals. Nevertheless, the main principles of cell signaling and developmental processes are conserved. Thus, fly research has far reaching medical implications.
FlyMove will provide you with a variety of images, movies and interactive Shockwaves, which will facilitate the understanding of complex developmental processes.
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