Why scientists care so much about gnats, weeds, and brewer’s yeast

By Becker1999 from Grove City, OH (March for Science, Washington, DC) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.
Photograph by Becker1999 from Grove City, OH (March for Science, Washington, DC) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.
On Earth Day, 2017, hundreds of thousands of people marched in major cities around the world in support of science. Right before the event, I was asked to write a guest post for the March for Science’s blog highlighting the importance of fundamental research, a topic I’m very passionate about. I focused on the model organisms—a humble collection of creatures including dung-eating gnats and beer-making yeast—on which so much of biology is based. Check it out to learn more about why we care about these seemingly lowly (and really, sometimes kind of gross) species!

Update, 11/11/2017: Unfortunately, it appears that this article can no longer be found on the March for Science’s blog. Luckily, it was captured by the Wayback Machine. I updated the link in the above paragraph to direct to the archived version.

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