How to Do Research with Fruit Flies

Fruit flies are excellent model organisms for studies involving genetics and genetic diseases. But before you can do a cross, you need to know how to manipulate the flies! Here you can learn more about the tools scientists use to work with flies, as well as how to do a typical experiment (on the next page). Check out A Day in the Life of a Scientist for some more in-depth information about what a fruit fly scientist really does!

Tools of the Trade

Vial with food to hold or "culture" flies Bottle with food to "culture"
a great number of flies
CO2gas chamber to put flies
to sleep
Microscope to view and manipulate
Paintbrush to move flies around Fly Morgue to dispose of flies