Drosophila Genetics

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Lesson Overview

The focus of this module is to have students learn and understand basic Mendelian genetics, specifically the inheritance patterns of organisms.  To achieve this goal, students will use Drosophila melanogaster, the common fruit fly. Using Drosophila, students will predict patterns of inheritance of recessive and X-linked recessive mutations and then observe first-hand how these mutations (traits) are transmitted from parents to offspring.  In addition, the students will learn about the Drosophila life cycle, how to sex males and females and set up genetic crosses.