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Diabetic fruit flies may unlock secrets in humans

(Michigan State University) Fruit flies may be small, but the genetic secrets they can unlock for humans are mighty. In the current issue of the journal Development, Michigan State University researchers mapped the signaling processes used by insulin in fruit flies. The significance of the discovery in the tiny Drosophila melanogaster, which have been called 'tiny people with wings, genetically speaking,' sheds light on how these processes may be altered by diabetes in humans.
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