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
, spinocerebellar ataxia
and Alzheimer's disease
. The fly is also being used to study mechanisms underlying aging and oxidative stress
, and cancer
, as well as drug abuse
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.