A fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) feeding off a banana. Image by Sanjay Acharya.

“When it comes to determining how women and men store fat differently, it turns out fruit flies may hold the key.

People and fruit flies are astonishingly alike genetically. In fact, nearly 75 per cent of disease-causing genes in humans can be found in the fly in a similar form.

In a new study, recently published in PLOS Biology, researchers from UBC’s faculty of medicine used fruit flies to make a fundamental genetic discovery about differences between how males and females store and metabolize fat.”

Learn more here on How do men and women store fat differently? Ask the fruit fly via UBC News.

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