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Thanks for CO2 Anesthesia Help

Kenneth D. Bergman kbergman at keene.edu
Tue May 16 14:25:02 EST 1995


In "Lords of the Fly: Drosophila Genetics and the Experimental Life" (U. of
Chicago Press, 1994; ISBN 0-226-45063-5), Robert E. Kohler describes George
Beadle's first encounter with the highly non-collegial world of research
biochemistry.  While guiding Arthur Tatum's early work on eye-pigments,
Beadle was appalled at the opportunism and egocentrism of academic
biochemists, which "was a jarring contrast with drosophilists' customs of
reciprocity, disclosure, and avoidance of head-on competition..."  Kohler
also describes the origins of the Drosophila Information Service and the
way that the sharing of stocks and techniques promoted rapid advances in
fly genetics. 

Life in the Drosophila community may not be quite so innocent these days,
but the spirit of collaboration and cooperation clearly still prevails.  I
was gratified by the quick response given to my inquiry about CO2
anesthesia techniques.  Most of the messages included detailed descriptions
of the senders' laboratory systems, and many correspondents offered to
provide additional information.  Some of your messages were posted publicly
to the list;  others were sent to me directly.  All were helpful and were
much appreciated.


*  Dr. Kenneth D. Bergman       Prof. of Biology  *
*  Keene State College           (603) 358-2580   *
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