I’m a research assistant in a neurogenetics lab studying Alzheimer’s Disease.  I use drosophila (fruit flies) as a functional model for studying important genes in Alzheimer’s.  Basically, we induce flies to have Alzheimer’s, then express and inhibit certain genes along with the disease.  I then cut and stain their brains for proteins, to see if these genes enhanced or repressed the pattern of degeneration seen in Alzheimer’s.  Whew, that sounds confusing.  It’s great, I love my job, and I can tell a male fruit fly from a female one.  Coolest party trick ever (if you’re at a party infested by fruit flies…).


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