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Keeping lab Drosophila out of the lab cafeteria

Bassem A Hassan bhassan at magnus.acs.ohio-state.edu
Sat Nov 19 12:45:05 EST 1994

In article <d-horowicz-1711941239260001 at mac030004.ox.icnet.uk>,
David Ish-Horowicz <d-horowicz at icrf.icnet.uk> wrote:
>Our main labs in London are complaining that laboratory Drosophila have
>found their way to the cafeteria where they cluster around the fruit-juice
>dispensers from where they are dispensed into peoples' drinks, around
>fruit (surprise, surprise) and in the beer at the bar. Apparently, they
>are indeed laboratory flies, despite the fly labs' being about three
>floors away from the kitchens. The caterers are furious and want flies
>banned from the building. Have any other labs ever suffered from this
>problem and, if so, is there a solution (other than the obvious reply "so

We are the only fly lab at the biotech center here at Ohio State. We used to 
recieve constant complaints about flies in people's coffee mugs, culture plates
>and labs and offices!!  After many "tough luck" and "what do you want me to 
do?" type conversations, my advisor bought every lab on the floor a fly swatter
>(sp?). Needless to say no one ever mentioned it again!!!!!

seriously, though, we simply set up fly traps (liquid yeast in fly vials with
narrow funnels to cover). I don't think it helped, it just convinced people
that there is nothing that will stop the flies! :-)
David Ish-Horowicz
>ICRF Developmental Biology Unit, Oxford
>d_horowicz at icrf.icnet.uk


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