The Fly Room at Columbia University, around 1920.
Fruit flies help to reveal that chromosomes carry genes.
Thomas Hunt Morgan in the Fly Room at Columbia, 1917.
DNAFTB Problem 10: Perform some fruit fly crosses.
Thomas Hunt Morgan in the Fly Room at Columbia (2), 1917.
DNAFTB Animation 10:Thomas Hunt Morgan describes his discoveries using fruit flies.
Model organisms such as yeast, bacteria, the mouse and the fruit fly are used by researchers to study biological systems. The genomes of these organisms have been mapped and sequenced.
Alfred Sturtevant working with fly stocks at Caltech, 1949.
Seymour Benzer and his pet fly, 1974.
The fruit fly is easy to maintain, has large numbers of offspring, and grows quickly. The fruit fly shares with humans a number of so-called “master,” or homeotic, genes.