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Could the answers to dementia be hiding in your fruit bowl?

Blog from Alzheimer's Research UK

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Imagine it’s a hot summer’s day and you are relaxing in the garden. Maybe you’re sipping on a glass of cool lemonade, savouring uncharacteristically good British weather. Everything is perfect, until you raise the glass to your lips and notice a fuzzy black speck writhing around in your drink. A pesky fruit fly. Gross. You put down the glass and focus on your fruit salad. With horror, you realise that another little blighter has been munching on your apple. How can anybody see the good in these irritating insects?

Unbeknown to most, the common fruit fly is an invaluable research tool; many scientific discoveries would have been impossible without it! Jo Sharpe uses flies in her own research into the genetics of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and motor neurone disease (MND).

Read this blog from Jo Sharpe on the ARUK Blog Website to hear more about Jo’s research.

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