Mutant fruit fly

Mutant fruit fly

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Caption: Mutant fruit fly. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a mutant fruit fly (Drosophila sp.) with bar-shaped eyes (one seen, upper left). The compound eyes have failed to develop normally due to an induced genetic mutation, becoming instead small and vertically elongated. The eyes of a normal fruit fly are rounded and occupy a larger area on each side of the head. Drosophila sp. flies have been used for many years in genetic studies because they reproduce rapidly, and because their genetic systems are well understood. Magnification: x65 at 6x6cm size.

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Keywords: animal, bar eyes, drosophila sp., engineered, engineering, experimental subject, fruit fly, genetic experiments, genetically modified organism, gmo, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, mutant, mutated, mutation, nature, research, wildlife, zoology

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