Fruit Flies at SNOLAB

October 27, 2014 — Facility Updates

Sudbury scientists have been bringing hundreds of fruit flies two kilometers underground to the SNOLAB, located in Vale’s Creighton Mine, to test how the flies cope under pressure.
Laurentian biochemistry professor Thomas Merritt said looking at the genetics and biology of the flies underground — where the pressure is 10 per cent greater than on the earth’s surface — can tell them a lot about what happens to humans.