Author: Jyotiska Chaudhuri

A few words about flies

If we look at the history of model organisms in basic science research, one of the first models we stumble upon is the fruit fly, or Drosophila melanogaster. Since its inception as an experimental organism in the laboratory in 1910 by Thomas Hunt Morgan, fruit fly research has led to many groundbreaking discoveries. Morgan’s original publication in the journal Science titled ‘Sex limited inheritance in Drosophila’ was anecdotal of an extensive study on fly mutants using classical genetics that eventually led to the chromosome theory of inheritance. This discovery among many others laid the foundation for model organism research...

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