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Press Release 09-018

Researchers Observe Evolution Chain Reaction

North American apples prompt genetic changes in fruit flies and parasitic wasps

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Photo of a female apple maggot fly, Rhagoletis pomonella, implanting an egg into an apple.

A female apple maggot fly, Rhagoletis pomonella, implants an egg into an apple. Wasps that attack the flies and eat their larvae appear to be changing on a genetic level in the same way that the flies themselves appear to be changing genetically.

Credit: Rob Oakleaf


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Dr. Jeffrey Feder of the University of Notre Dame discusses how the genetic modification of a fruit fly may be leading to the genetic modification of the parasitic wasps feed on them.

Credit: National Science Foundation

 

Image of the Feb. 6, 2009 cover of the journal Science.

Feb. 6, 2009 cover of the journal Science.

Credit: AAAS/Science


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