Ria Chhabra

CBS News: Organic foods linked to better fertility, longevity in fruit flies

Johannes Bauer, fruit flies, organic diet, SMUCBS News has covered research carried out in the fruit fly lab of SMU biologist Johannes H. Bauer by Plano, Texas, high school student Ria Chhabra in its March 27, 2013, article “Organic foods linked to better fertility, longevity in fruit flies.”

Bauer, an assistant professor in SMU’s Department of Biological Sciences, mentored Chhabra in her research to examine whether there would be health differences to fruit flies fed an organic diet or a nonorganic diet. Chhabra’s study found that flies fed an organic diet fared better on important health tests, particularly fertility and longevity. Continue reading

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UPI: Some organic food may be healthier

The international news wire service UPI has covered research carried out in the fruit fly lab of SMU biologist Johannes Bauer by Plano, Texas, high school student Ria Chhabra in its article “Some organic food may be healthier.”

Bauer mentored Chhabra in her research to examine whether there would be health differences to fruit flies fed an organic diet or a nonorganic diet. Chhabra’s study found that flies fed an organic diet fared better on important health tests, particularly fertility and longevity. Continue reading

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Fruit flies fed organic diets are healthier than flies fed nonorganic diets, study finds

Fruit flies fed an organic diet recorded better health outcomes than flies fed a nonorganic diet, according to a new study from Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Researchers in the lab of SMU biologist Johannes Bauer found that fruit flies raised on organic foods performed better on a variety of health tests. The flies on organic diets showed improvements on the most significant measures of health, namely fertility and longevity. Continue reading

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