Flies are Humans with Wings


2014-0626 Human FlyI am not a physician, professor of cell and regenerative biology, or a medical researcher. I do not have any medical, pharmaceutical, or biological training. I did not, and will not, receive any compensation for agreeing or disagreeing with the article.


The article written by Grace Alexander reveals that “David Wassarman, professor of cell and regenerative biology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, described flies as ‘humans with wings'” at a seminar in cancer biology. The comparison between humans and flies caught my attention, so I continued reading the article.

Article Written by Grace Alexander

Click here to read the article that inspired this post.

Shadow of Doubt

In the article, Alexander quotes Wasserman as saying, “flies are put in a vile and slammed against a hard surface, causing harm to multiple body parts including the brain.” Although I do not have a particular interest in championing the rights of fruit flies, I am concerned that damage to the flies is neither necessary nor valuable. In general, flies are fragile regardless of their age, whereas young people are, for the most part, more resilient than fruit flies.


Thanks to Grace Alexander for writing the article that inspired this post; University of Wisconsin Badger Herald, an independent student magazine, for committing its resources to publishing the article written by Alexander; Google for helping me find the article and picture I used; and all the other people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to use the picture, text, and link in this post.


  1. I suppose this could be helpful, but I have a hard time believing any conclusions can be drawn about a human brain by studying a fly’s brain, especially when it comes to recovering from an injury. I believe the human brain – it’s cells, tissues, membranes, etc. – are so much more “advanced” than a flies that it would be hard to make any comparisons and draw any conclusions.

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