Washington—A team of scientists has decoded virtually the entire genome of the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, a creature that for nearly a century has been at the center of studies to reveal the role of genes in disease, behavior, and development.
The feat not only will help scientists glean information about human biology and disease from genetic counterparts in Drosophila's genome but also appears to validate a controversial technique that is currently being used by some laboratories to sequence the human genome.
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