Fruit flies may be an annoyance in the kitchen, but biologists see them for the glorious goldmine of scientific knowledge that they are!
Drosophila melanogaster is a fly species widely used in genetics, physiology, microbial pathogenesis, and life history evolution. Humans and fruit flies are estimated to share about 60% of their genes, and about 75% of known human disease genes have a recognizable match in the genome of fruit flies. Research on Drosophila has been used to investigate diabetes, Parkinson's, Huntington's, Alzheimer's, cancer, and so much more. We owe a great deal of genetic progress to this tiny creature.
This necklace highlights the most recognizable aspects of Drosophila. From the beautiful wing pattern to the distinctive stripes, this pendant is delightfully accurate. The Drosophila pendant is made from plated steel (lead-free and nickel-free). It measures 3cm wide and about 2.5cm tall. The pendant comes on an 18 inch surgical steel or gold plated chain.