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Inducing Genetic Mutation in Fruit Flies

Updated: Jan 20, 2021

In this project, retinoic acid was used to induce genetic mutation in multiple generations of fruit flies, ultimately producing an array of strange physical characteristics.

Retinoic acid is a RAR agonist, meaning it stimulates growth and development in the body.

However, certain concentrations of the chemical are known to promote genetic mutation, which can lead to the occurrence of strange physical properties across generations.

After observation of multiple specimens—all exposed to varying levels of Retinoic acid—certain group of flies began to display abnormally stunted physical features:


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