When And Where Fruit Flies First Bugged Humans

Drosophila melanogaster, the common fruit fly, is a mainstay of genetics and biology labs.

Drosophila melanogaster is a mainstay of genetics labs, but its wild origins have been mysterious. Scientists have now traced the pesky fly to a particular fruit — a human favorite 10,000 years ago.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Marcus Stensmyr)