Feeling better? Say thanks to the fruit fly, the zebrafish, the mouse

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  • Eliot Santaquin, UT
    July 5, 2011 11:33 a.m.

    Yes, and Bill Clinton in a state of the union address once disparaged research on "plant stress" not realizing that stresses such as salinity, drought, disease, freezing, etc. dramatically affect crop yields and food production. Politicians looking to illicit a response with a line often end up stepping in it because they don't know any better. Bill Clinton was asking for line-item veto power, Sarah Palin was speaking out against earmarks. I don't think either are against science research but each wanted to make a statement about how science is funded in this country.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    July 5, 2011 8:22 a.m.

    ...but sarah said
    "projects that have little or nothing to do with the public good.
    Things like fruit fly research in Paris, France. I kid you not."

    ...must be more propaganda from the science industry?
    I bet Al gore is making millions from inventing this "fruit fly science."

    Good article.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    July 5, 2011 8:14 a.m.

    As one whose wife is currently undergoing her second bout with cancer, I am most grateful for all the research done by thousands over the last 40 years.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    July 5, 2011 7:18 a.m.

    The "Fruit Fly Lobby". I like the sound of that.

    This research is fascinating - good article (for a change) DN.