An electromagnetic field disrupts negative geotaxis in Drosophila via a CRY-dependent pathway

@inproceedings{Fedele2014AnEF,
  title={An electromagnetic field disrupts negative geotaxis in Drosophila via a CRY-dependent pathway},
  author={Giorgio Fedele and Edward W. Green and Ezio Rosato and Charalambos P Kyriacou},
  booktitle={Nature communications},
  year={2014}
}
Many higher animals have evolved the ability to use the Earth's magnetic field, particularly for orientation. Drosophila melanogaster also respond to electromagnetic fields (EMFs), although the reported effects are quite modest. Here we report that negative geotaxis in flies, scored as climbing, is disrupted by a static EMF, and this is mediated by cryptochrome (CRY), the blue-light circadian photoreceptor. CRYs may sense EMFs via formation of radical pairs of electrons requiring… CONTINUE READING
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