How Drosophila dances away from danger

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We have probably all witnessed an insect evading an imminent threat, such as a flyswatter or rolled-up newspaper. But how many of us have really thought about the details of entomological escape plans? A pair of researchers from the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena) has done so, applying high-speed video technology to find out exactly how a fly makes its getaway.

Lab Anim. (NY) 37, 441 (2008).
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