A fly by any other name

André Karwath [creativecommons license] via Wikimedia Commons

The tiny fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster has achieved more celebrity than lab animals ten times its size. Its name is mentioned in countless texts and research articles, and its contributions to our understanding of the most basic tenets of genetics and inheritance are unparalleled. But this favored status as a model organism may not help Drosophila to keep its famous name.

Lab Anim. (NY) 39, 229 (2010).
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