Fruit Flies in Research

The ‘Fruit Flies in Research’ temporary tattoo was designed for the Gurdon Institute to represent their research as part of the Tattoo my Science project.

Stylised illustration of an adult fruit fly (Drosophila)

Fruit Flies in Research

You may find fruit flies (aka Drosophila) on ripe fruit in your kitchen. Drosophila are used in labs as an animal model.

Humans and fruit flies share about 75% of the same disease-causing genes. Fruit flies are cheap to maintain. Females can lay up to 100 eggs per day and it takes only 10 days for an egg to become an adult.

The Great BioQuest

This design was created as part of the Gurdon Institute Public Engagement Project, The Great BioQuest.rnrnThe Great BioQuest is a fun, family-friendly trail around Cambridge City Centre that allows you to explore the historically and scientifically significant sites, all while answering questions and following a trail on your mobile device.rnrnThe trails are all fully accessible and it’s completely free to play.

Stylised illustration of Xenopus frog on a riverbed surrounded by pebbles and aquatic plants
Stylised image of a fruit fly sat on an apple that has been sliced in half

Meet the Artist

This tattoo design, and all of the artwork for The Great BioQuest, was created by artist Claudia Flandoli.rnrnClick the link below to view her portfolio, read her blog u0026amp; sign up to her newsletter.

An illustration showing three friends chatting about a DNA tattoo the the person in the middle has

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