September 22, 2016

Drosophila genetics – The classic

Conducted in 2012-2013 : Drosophila melanogaster is a model organism used in studies of disease, evolution, cells, and almost anything under the biological sciences. The reason for this is the organisms 3 autosomal genes and one-sex gene that have been researched extensively.


Research location : Biology Labs – Las Positas College, Livermore CA.

Research leads : Umayr Sufi (Biology Transfer undergraduate)

Research Faculty : Dr. Nan Ho 


Associated Research:

Investigating inheritance patterns : In the Las Positas College Biology program, students are meant to conduct semi-independent research projects in order to develop lab skills and first hand understanding of the concepts of biology. With supplies provided by the department, students in the program conducted a semester long genetics research project using the model organism Drosophila melanogaster.


From a original wild-type set of fruit flies, students were to propagate generations of fruit flies and use lab tools to investigate sex patterns and inheritance patterns that were observable under the microscope.

After experimentation, a full research paper was produced to go over results and conduct a chi-square analysis to determine viability of the research (attached chart example below).


This genetic research is meant to bring textbook concepts in real world examples, inspiring students to always test what they learn.