• By Dana Sparks

Who Knew? Fruit Flies Get Kidney Stones Too!

March 22, 2012

Kidney stones in fruit flies may hold the key to a treatment for humans.  A research team from Mayo Clinic and the University of Glasgow  recently presented their findings at the Genetics Society of America annual meeting.

“The kidney tubule of a fruit fly is easy to study because it is transparent and accessible,” says physiologist Michael F. Romero, Ph.D., of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He said researchers are now able to see new stones at the moment of formation.

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