Fruit fly gene research may shed light on human disease processes

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Curing human disease

Those small fruit flies buzzing around your bananas are more than pests - they may be allies in a fruitful search for clues to human diseases caused when genes malfunction.

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"One common misconception is that individual humans may carry 'disease-causing' genes, such as a gene for cancer," explains James Erickson, a biology professor at Texas A&M University. "All humans have the same genes, but individual genes have different forms, called alleles, some of which may predispose an individual to a disease."

"Studying the common fruit fly

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