Mutant fruit fly, SEM

Mutant fruit fly, SEM

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Caption: Mutant fruit fly. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a mutant fruit fly (Drosophila sp.) with no eyes. The compound eyes, which normally occupy a large area on each side of the head, have failed to develop normally due to an induced genetic mutation. This type of mutated fly is known as "eyeless". 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, blind, drosophila sp., engineered, engineering, experimental subject, eyeless, eyes, fruit fly, genetic experiments, genetically modified organism, gmo, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, mutant, mutated, mutation, nature, research, wildlife, zoology

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