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Lord of the Fruit Flies

OCTOBER 29, 2008
John McCain's chosen running mate made her "policy address" recently, attacking funding for "fruit fly resaerch" while making a case for increased funding for Special Needs progams. To say nothing of the conflict with her running mate's "spending freeze" promise, this shows a stupefying level of scientific ignorance. "Drosophila melanogaster is one of the most studied organisims in biological research, particularly in genetics and developmental biology.Drosophila is being used as a genetic model for several human diseases including the neurodegenerative disorders Parkinson's, Huntington's, spinocerebellar ataxia and Alzheimer's disease. The fly is also being used to study mechanisms underlying aging and oxidative stress, immunity, diabetes, and cancer, as well as drug abuse." (wikpedia)
America must reclaim it's lead in science and reseearch. It would be a good start for our leaders to understand and accept value of knowledge and to cease the fetishization of ignorance.
This painting was done yesterday as a demonstration for my class at CCA.  I don't use acrylics most of the time, but decided to try them for this. Research and development.