Fruitflies: CUBE Sapekhati, Assam to Janelia, USA

Today we had an inspiring session about fruit flies.

During Chatshaala(18/04/2024),Cubists made a setup to attract Fruitflies in their homelabs.Biswayini,9th grade student initiated this setup.

Screenshots of the chatshaala:17/05/2024.

We started the discussion as a continuation of yesterday’s chatshaala where Amritha, CUBE SN College Alathur, mentioned that all prokaryotes are unicellular and all eukaryotes are multicellular. But Enas does not agree; Enas says, “All prokaryotes are unicellular, but not all eukaryotes are multicellular.”

Later, Rahul (A Cubists,doing PhD at Ashoka University)joined from Janelia, US, and engaged CUBE Sapekhati Cubists in discussions. That was amazing.

Biswayini, a 9th-grade student from CUBE Sapekhati, captured fruit flies and cultured them in her home lab. Biswayini shared this story in CUBE chatshaala. Biswayini and Borkho are both 9th-grade students from CUBE Sapekhati. Borkho explained how Biswayini trapped the fruit flies, and later Biswayini added that she made a Suji-Tomato media for culturing the flies. This idea Biswayini got from @KiranyadavR .

Later, Rahul introduced how to transfer the fruit flies easily and talked about the negative geotaxis behavior of flies.

We all heard the story of Rahul where he said how Arunan sir inspired him in the classroom. When he was a student, Arunan sir asked him to draw the neurons from fingertip to spinal cord, where he drew multiple neurons. And from there to here, currently, he is doing his PhD in neuroscience at Ashoka University.

We also discussed the similar confusion that Cubists had. Here are some chatshaala discussions.

Here is the very interesting discussion that happened between a 2nd-grade student and a PhD scholar. Hanvita, daughter of Himanshu and Rahul, had a very interesting discussion where Rahul described the idea of how fruit flies see things and their ability of vision, navigation memory.

That was a very inspiring session where we connected fruit flies from CUBE Sapekhati to fruit flies in the Janelia lab, USA.

Reference shared in today’s chatshaala:

Actinomyces and cyanobacteria are well-studied prokaryotes that exhibit multicellular forms (Claessen et al., 2014). Their reproducible multicellular structures achieve a high fitness for the whole population even though they are not beneficial for partial individuals. Our Research
Collaborative scientists increasingly integrate experiments, computation, and theory. Janelia’s Labs and Project Teams do this with creativity and skill, yielding powerful results.

Screenshots of the participants in Today’s chatshaala:18/05/2024.