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Fruit Fly Research May 'Clean Up' Conventional Impressions of Biology
July 13, 2007
The metamorphosis of biology into a science offering numerically precise descriptions of nature, has taken a leap forward with the elucidation of a key step in the development of fruit fly embryos--discoveries that could change how scientists think not just about flies, but about life in general.
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