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Science Project Proposal: Using Drosophila to detect feminization potential

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Sat Nov 16 18:50:39 EST 2002

I have an eight grader who is interested in seeing if diet
supplements/herbal medicines available over the counter will cause
feminization (changes in the sex ratios of a breeding population). He's
thinking of using Drosophila as his test system.  I know that feminization
is an endocrine related phenomena in higher animals,  but am unsure if
Drosophila has the right hormonal makeup to be a good animal model.
Any thoughts are appreciated.


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