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The fly, at first, looks like nothing so much as a tiny matador. Now standing still, now feinting left or darting right, he circles the petri dish arena, waving a black-tipped wing at his quarry like a red cape. But he's a lover, not a fighter, and his dance is intended to induce the fruit fly equivalent of a swoon. (Story, U.S. News and World Report 3/28/05)

          The Key to Evolution_Wisconsin State Journal 2/2/05

          Eggsotica, image from New York Times, Easter 1996

SHOW 125:
If we all came from one single ancestor about a billion years ago how can we explain the tremendous diversity between all living organisms? One researcher has found some of the answers by working first with fruit flies, and moving on to butterflies.
Producer: Fran Victor
Sean Carroll, Howard Hughes Medical Institute at University of Wisconsin-Madison

BY LAND OR BY SEA: How has nature, through evolution, used the same genes to create diversity? Researchers have identified a specific family of genes, which are responsible for body segmentation in crustaceans, like lobsters, crabs,shrimp. In humans, this same family of genes is responsible for creating our segments, such as our spine and ribs.
Producer: Fran Victor
Nipam Patel, Howard Hughes Medical Institute at University of Chicago

CHANGING BEFORE OUR EYES: It has long been accepted in the scientific community that evolution among humans is occurring very, very slowly. However, Chung-I Wu, at the University of Chicago, has demonstrated through genetic research that evolution is occurring at a far more rapid pace and that natural selection cannot keep up with the number of mutations within the human genome.
Producer: Fran Victor
Chung-I Wu, Ecology and Evolution,
University of Chicago

First Person | Sean B. Carroll
The Scientist: May 19, 2003

Life of an Idea US News and World Report JULY 29, 2002

Surprise, Surprise: Hox Proteins Have Evolved

The Scientist 16[30]:40,Oct. 14, 2002 Evolution of Sexual

Dimorphism, Researchers determine how the male fruit fly got his rear

The Scientist 15[3]:18, Feb. 5, 2001

"Evolution of Sexual Dimorphism"
The Scientist 5/9/01

"Where Dumbo got his trunk" The Daily Telegraph, U.K. 2/10/99

"Researchers think genes are recycled to provide animals with new features"
The Dallas Morning News 3/8/99

"Genetic Origin of Elephant's Trunk Finally Unpacked: Butterfly Reveals Secret" National Post, U.K. 2/18/99

"When Life Got Legs" Earth 8/98

"Hidden Unity" Discover Magazine 1/98 The Top 100 Science Stories

"Naomi's debt to a body-building worm" The Daily Telegraph, U.K. 8/20/97

"The Origin of Animal Plans" American Scientist 3/97

Molecular Biologists Prune Branches from the Animal Family Tree

Genes point to common origin for insects, crustaceans

"Gene Tells Fruit Flies How To Wing It" Science News 7/13/96

"Body Building From Scratch" U.S. News & World Report 9/18/95

"Special Report: 50 For the Future; Time's roster of America's most promising leaders age 40 and under" Time Magazine 12/5/94

"Gene Patterns Decorate Butterflies' Wings" Science News 7/9/94

"Butterflies Shed Light On Master Genes" Chicago Tribune 7/7/94

"How Nature Makes a Butterfly Wing" New York Times Science Times 7/5/94