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Several artificial color morphs of Drosophila have severe abnormalities, including faulty vision and brain problems

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://jeb.biologists.org/content/jexbio/211/21/3454.full.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwijmrrtp67bAhUKrlQKHZcBCSw4ChAWMAR6BAgCEAE&usg=AOvVaw3eym-wKqE2IpKmDtQQefvq

 

From what I understand, the new colors cannot be separated from the abnormalities. Apparently, the same factors that cause color change cause the abnormalities

 

 

Isopod color breeding has become popular recently. They aren't fruitflies, but since melanin serves several important purposes besides color in insects (including wound healing) and I think I read that several other pigments fulfill important brain roles, we could be headed for disaster

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