Fruit flies were kept from seeing light for over six decades at Kyoto University in Japan. Some of the fruit flies were also interbred with normal fruit flies. Though they are similar to normal fruit flies, the fruit flies kept in the dark have longer hairs than normal fruit flies. The hairs help their senses. They differ genetically from normal flies in that they have enhanced senses and their pheromone emissions are greater than normal fruit flies.






What Happens When You Keep Fruit Flies in Total Darkness for 60 Years

Since 1954, Kyoto University has been managing a population of fruit flies, living in total darkness. Now, after interbreeding some of these “dark flies” with regular flies, the researchers are learning more about the genetic adaptations taking place …


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