Sophisticated lessons from simple organisms: appreciating the value of curiosity-driven research

Long before scientists learned to grow miniature organs from human cells in a dish, biological research was performed using organisms that were accessible: garden peas, sea urchins collected at low tide, newt eggs, and flies circling rotten fruit. These organisms help us to understand the world around us, attracting and inspiring each new generation of scientists with the promise of mystery and discovery. Subsequent studies repeatedly showed that fundamental biological mechanisms discovered in such simple...
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