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Date:11/14/2007

olution. Humans share more than 65 percent of their genes with the fruit fly, including many implicated in certain cancers, Alzheimers disease and heart disease.

The finding helps explain fundamental processes that may factor into why men and women may show different symptoms or respond differently to diseases.

Theres a health aspect in figuring out differences in gene expression between the sexes, said Wayne. To make a male or a female, even in a fly, its all about turning things on -- either in different places or different amounts or at different times -- because we all basically have the same starting set of genes.


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Contact: John Pastor
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University of Florida
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