From Tuesday’s Globe and Mail
While running for vice-president of the U.S., Sarah Palin made a speech in which she mocked research involving fruit flies, saying it has little or nothing to do with public good. Three years later, fruit flies – and the scientists who study them – have done far more good than she has.
The French biologist Jules Hoffmann’s research using drosophila won a Canada Gairdner Award last week for work that has revolutionized the understanding of the immune system, by discovering the main keys to its activation. He also won part of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.