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Contact: Janet Lathrop
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

The Fruit Fly Gut Is a Non-Traditional Experimental Site

Caption: Drosophila intestines provide 'ready-made stem cell microenvironments' that are 'difficult-to-impossible' to create in petri dishes, offering an unconventional screen that allows researchers to test drugs in vivo.

Credit: University of Massachusetts Amherst

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