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Model Organisms

For thousands of years, animals have helped humans advance biomedical research. From yeast and worms to fruit flies and mice, these creatures hold clues to the secrets of our own biology.

“Model organisms, in general, are useful because evolution doesn’t reinvent the wheel when it goes to a different species,” says Associate Professor Bruce Draper, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. “It keeps to using loosely the same genetic modules to build on things.”