Thursday, October 26, 2017

Entomology vs Etymology

Personally I like words more than bugs, but I thought it would only be good form to give this guy some play…

Drosophila melanogaster, the lowly fruit fly, is the one creature whose olfactory system is the most extensively studied of any animal. Most of what we know about human olfaction was first studied via the fruit fly. Actually, a lot of what we know about human biology and genetics in general come from this, the most scientifically useful eukaryote there is. Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans, the lowly roundworm) is a close second for premier entomological fame, but their olfactory system is too different from ours (and I’m not really sure if worms are insects anyway).

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