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Tritech Research Tritech_Research at lamg.com
Mon Oct 21 06:30:23 EST 1996

Susan L Forsburg PhD wrote:
And in the my-organism-eats-your-organism stakes, the Drosophila 
floating around our lab are a real problem.  Them LOVE pombe.  WE did
an experiement in the fly lab next door:  two vials of liquid culture
media, one with cerevisiae, one with pombe.  The assay:  count the 
number of drowned Drosophila in each vial to determine their 
preference.  The results?  6 out of 7 Drosophila prefer pombe!
I have no stakes in this, since I like both yeasts, but this data
does have other possible interpretations, for example, that less
coordinated drosophila prefer pombe.  The best resturaunts aren't
necessarily the ones with the most corpses... : ) Another experiment to try,
before sending that paper to Nature, is to count eggs laid on
open petri dishes with similar amounts of one of the two yeasts.

Best regards,

Andy Papp

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