So, Basically, I Keep Fruit Flies Alive Until the Appropriate Time to Kill Them. Poor Things. by Cailean Cavanaugh
I’m looking forward to learning as much as I can about fruit flies, conducting independent research, and getting to know what it’s like to work in a lab. I will do all this while trying to avoid accidentally killing dozens of fruit flies through excessive CO2 exposure in order to intentionally kill them later to perform a microbiome assay and measure the effects of senna and sugar intake on the flies’ gut bacteria...
Even though the flies will eventually need to die, they need to be kept alive long enough that any effects of them eating altered food become noticeable. This presents several problems, the most immediate of which is how to transfer the flies between vials. As you probably know, flies fly, so we can’t just dump one vial into another without getting flies everywhere and making Dr. Purdy wonder why she ever let us past the interview.
Stay tuned to hear more about the exciting world of flies’ gut bacteria! It’s a blast, I assure you.