I am a new adjunct assistant professor at Occidental College in LA (near
Caltech). Occidental is a private liberal arts undergraduate institution.
This semester, I am teaching a classroom / laboratory course in upper
division genetics (class size of about 15!). For the first part of the
lab sections, I will be concentrating on molecular microbiology (my
speciality). However, I wanted to do some eukaryotic (and multicellular)
genetics for the other half of the lab course.
I thought that some clear cut standard experiments in Drosophila genetics
might be just the ticket.
Kathy Matthews in Bloomington suggested that I post to this group for help
1. Can anyone suggest a nice laboratory manual for fly genetics?
2. I am looking for advice and suggestions for good, clear-cut
crosses to demonstrate sex-linkage, dominance, recessiveness, etc. The
weirder the mutation, the better; in my experience, a certain degree of
showmanship helps to hold the classroom's attention. I am particularly
interested in some "off-beat" mutations, like cytoplasmic or conditional
Isn't there a CO2 sensitivity phenotype out there? I think it is due to a
bacterial symbiont, but it is still maternally transmitted.
3. What are some good sources for fly lines (I already have the
Carolina Biological Supply catalogue).
4. Is a three-point cross too tedious for the students? It would be
great if they had something a bit complex to chew on, to demonstrate
mapping as well as linkage.
I realize that everyone is hyper-busy with their own careers. Still, I
would be most appreciative for a nudge or two in the correct direction.
momartin at cheshire.oxy.edu