Most scientists, including the members of ScientistSolutions.com, think about model organisms from a high vantage point. Model organisms are dissected to understand the basics of organ and system functions, tissue and cellular functions, etc. But what if our model systems, with all the genetic, epigenetic, anatomical and biochemical data science has accumulated, could be applied to higher order animal functions - population studies, pack order, mate choice, etc.
In a recent article and commentary,
Drosophila enters a new realm. In the article by Mery, et al., they report on the ability of female Drosophila to learn mate choice from other females. Expaning on this, what do you think the power of Drosophila can bring understanding higher order animal interactions? Can scientists begin to understand animal behaviors to the same degree we know understand cell signaling pathways? Can these new findings related to your research?