• Question: when testing on the flies, how do you know that they are in a perfect, healthy condition, and the results arn't due to the state of the flie?

    Asked by chloe to Mariam on 14 Jun 2010 in Categories: .
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      Mariam Orme answered on 14 Jun 2010:

      That’s a very intelligent question Chloe.

      I keep all the flies in the same conditions – they all have the same food, they’re kept at the same temperature and so on – and these conditions are ideal for flies, so they should be happy and healthy. But sometimes they do get sick, and I can tell this if they’re not breeding properly, or if they get fungal infections (which is a bit gross!). So then I have to nurse them for a while until they’re healthy again.