What do sniffer dogs and fruit flies have in common?

Could sniffer dogs detecting illegal drugs or explosives one day be made obsolete... by flies?

Before you swat the irritating fruit fly that has just landed on your dinner, spare a thought for the critical role that this humble fly has played and continues to play in science and medical research. 75% of our genes that cause disease are shared with the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster), and it is widely used for research in areas such as genetics, developmental biology, immunology, disease research and evolutionary biology.

At Monash, scientists across a wide range of disciplines are using fruit flies in their research; from studying the molecules they use to detect odours that could act as olfactory biosensors and possibly replace sniffer dogs, to work on understanding neurodegenerative and infectious diseases, ageing and adaptation to environmental change.

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