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Upside-Down Flies May Offer Clues To Aging In Humans

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August 27, 2002
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If you come across a fly lying on its back, chances are it's dead, right? Well, maybe not. It may just be passing through a very predictable, but significant stage of decline that eventually will help scientists better understand aging and degenerative diseases in humans.

If you come across a fly lying on its back, chances are it's dead, right? Well, maybe not. It may just be passing through a very predictable, but significant stage of decline that eventually will help scientists better understand aging and degenerative diseases in humans. A team of researchers studying longevity in more than 200 male Mediterranean fruit flies found that nearly all of the flies in their study went through such an upside-down period, usually late in life. During this phase, the flies spent increasingly more time resting on their backs, even though they were still capable of walking, eating and even fanning their wings. Whether this behavior began at a young or advanced age, it always progressed toward death.


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