Fruit flies travel underground to Sudbury's SNOLAB
Creighton Mine workers have been sharing their cage ride underground with some unusual guests this week.
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.
“What we are doing with flies is essentially mimicking a miner's day, by taking the flies down to SNOLAB, having them stay at pressure for about eight hours, then bringing them back up,” he said.
“We flash freeze the flies as we exit the lift [cage], and then we come back to the lab and analyze them.”
“In a relatively short period of time, [about] half an hour, [we can look at] thousands of different metabolites — the small molecules that drive our biology our energy productions,” he said.
Merritt said he has also created a pressure chamber above ground to see if they get similar results to what they find underground.