The DSU provides food and
services for those in the Department of Biological Sciences using Drosophila
in research and teaching.
The fly food is cooked in
a centralized kitchen, room G411, by Jin-xia Qin, the technician. She
arranges, cleans, and autoclaves the bottles and vials that are poured with
freshly cooked fly food. They are then covered and distributed to the labs and
classrooms where the bottles and vials are used for growing Drosophila in genetic
experiments and teaching demonstrations. After the bottles and vials are used
they are collected and washed before being used again. Approximately 30-50 trays
of bottles and vials are used each week by millions of flies.
The DSU, primarily through
technician Scott Hanna, provides the following services for teaching
Come see us for all your
Drosophila related needs and desires.
- Drosophila transformation
- Gene constructs in P element vectors are injected into Drosophila eggs and
the resulting progeny with the construct incorporated into the germline are
- Mutagenesis -
The DSU can use EMS, X-ray, and P element mutagens to create and recover new
alleles of genes of interest. The only limit is a selection scheme used to
recover new alleles.
- Stock maintenance
and construction - The unit keeps a variety of often-used stocks for the
general convenience of department members. Additional stock keeping duties
are also part of the services offered. Stocks are also kept for use in teaching.
Stocks can be constructed to contain specific markers and mutations.
- Order stocks -
New stocks can be ordered from the major stock centers (Bloomington, Umea)
or from other researchers around the world.
- Information and advice
- Scott provides information and advice to undergrads, grad student, technicians,
and faculty on cross-schemes, phenotypes, and all other aspects of Drosophila
breeding and genetics
Service Unit Committee
John Locke (Chair)
The Fly Kitchen is in room
G411, while Scott Hanna can be found in room G319 (492-3606).
Last Modified: 2002-08-15