Drosophila, the fruit fly common in university genetics labs, were, and still are, used by researchers and educators for a number of reasons. In recent years, the structure of the Drosophila chromosome and its embryonic development outside the body has maintained this species’ attractiveness as a current model in research, keeping the fly from being just a teaching tool. From understanding Mendelian genetics and developing a process for genetic mapping to understanding the human genome and developing cloning methods, read more about how the fruit fly revolutionized genetics.
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