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The Art in Science

Product Image How to Make a Fly

How to Make a Fly

Anne Pusparanee Hakim, Graduate Student, Department of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology (Buttitta Laboratory), University of Michigan

This image shows the male reproductive system of the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster). The spiraling testes (in red and gold) produces sperm and the accessory glands (in deep blue) produce secretions for seminal fluid, similar to the human prostate gland. The aqua-colored structure is the ejaculatory duct, where the sperm and seminal fluid mix. We are studying the accessory glands in the fly as a model system to study the interplay of genetics and aging that underlie tumorigenesis in the human prostate.