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Definition of Fruit fly

Fruit fly: Scientifically known as Drosophila melanogaster. A favorite organism in genetics and biology research since 1910 when Thomas Hunt Morgan at Columbia University chose it as the animal with which he and his students (and their many intellectual offspring) would work and come to understand many of the basic principles of genetics. The fly's genes are similar to those of people.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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