Drosophila as a Model System

Professor David Van Vactor discusses the properties that make the fruit fly (drosophila) a powerful model system.

Drosophila has been a very powerful model system because it combines a very extensive history and a large complement of tools for genetic analysis with a fairly simple and well-characterized body plan. The nervous system consists of thousands of cells as opposed to the billions of cells in the human nervous system.

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