We Too Are Dining and Mating

Extra-Ordinary Collusion at SDAI, curated by Chi Essary.
Artists were paired with scientists from the Salk Institute and invited to tour the scientists’ labs and learn about their state-of-the-art research. Ozkal was paired with Biologist, Dr. Janelle Ayres.

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There is growing interest in using drosophila melanogaster, fruit flies to study of microbiomes due to their small size and evolutionary diversity, and ease of culture, and they showcase the complex relationship between a host and its microbiota. Genetically speaking, people and fruit flies are surprisingly alike.