The use of genetically tractable model system such as the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster provides an important tool to understand the functions of proteins and complex mechanisms in the eukaryotic genome. This model developed over a period of a century has sophisticated genetics that advanced our understanding of genes and implications for biology and medicine.
The Drosophila core facility contains all the required material for preparing and maintaining standard Drosophila cultures. It is equipped with two fly pushing stations, two Invictus Drosophila incubators set at 25˚C and 18˚C. An Olympus SZ61 dissecting microscope with Camera. SZ10X Olympus stereo microscope equipped with a GFP filter. It is also equipped with the Trikinetics DAM system (Drosophila Activity Monitors) to assess fly activity and circadian behavior.