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Drosophila melanogaster, commonly known as the fruit fly, is a model organism with a short generation time that produces a lot of offspring...an ideal combination for genetic research. Although you might think that the fruit fly is very different from the human animal, in reality, 50% of fly proteins have a direct homolog in the human genome. Drosophila is being used to study several neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's as well as mechanisms in more common human diseases like cancer and diabetes.
The earrings will ship from Shapeways without hooks. You will need to purchase hooks and attach them to the earrings. The Drosophila earrings are 1.8cm long below the loop, and weigh 3.5g per earring in metal and less than 1g per earring in nylon plastic.