Drosophila melanogaster

Patrick M. O'Grady

American Museum of Natural History

When biologists refer to "Drosophila" they usually mean Drosophila melanogaster. This small, inconspicuous species has become one of the premiere model systems in modern biology. Research on D. melanogaster over the past century has led to better understanding of virtually every discipline of biology, especially genetics and developmental and evolutionary biology. This work has applications not merely to the biology of flies and other insects, but also into the causes of a variety of human diseases. The most powerful aspect of Drosophila as a model system is the ease with which its genome can be manipulated through a variety of genetic techniques, including germline transformation with transposons. The genomics revolution promises to expand the utility of D. melanogaster and make this species not only a pivotal tool in understanding the evolution and working of the genome but also an important model for bioinformatics and genome annotation.

Was this article helpful?

0 0
Bee Keeping

Bee Keeping

Make money with honey How to be a Beekeeper. Beekeeping can be a fascinating hobby or you can turn it into a lucrative business. The choice is yours. You need to know some basics to help you get started. The equipment needed to be a beekeeper. Where can you find the equipment you need? The best location for the hives. You can't just put bees in any spot. What needs to be considered when picking the location for your bees?

Get My Free Ebook


Post a comment