Physiology declines prior to death in Drosophila melanogaster

@article{Shahrestani2012PhysiologyDP,
  title={Physiology declines prior to death in Drosophila melanogaster},
  author={Parvin Shahrestani and Xuan Tran and Laurence D. Mueller},
  journal={Biogerontology},
  year={2012},
  volume={13},
  pages={537-545}
}
For a period of 6–15 days prior to death, the fecundity and virility of Drosophila melanogaster fall significantly below those of same-aged flies that are not near death. It is likely that other aspects of physiology may decline during this period. This study attempts to document changes in two physiological characteristics prior to death: desiccation resistance and time-in-motion. Using individual fecundity estimates and previously described models, it is possible to accurately predict which… CONTINUE READING
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