The WWW Virtual Library: Drosophila
This directory points to internet resources for research on the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. If you have any comments on the site or wish to add a resource, please send me a note. Questions regarding Drosophila research should be posted to bionet.drosophila.
This site is part of the Model Organisms group within the Biosciences area of the World-Wide Web Virtual Library (History).
What is Drosophila?
A quick introduction for newcomers, including links for teaching sites, online courses and useful books.
FlyBase is the core Internet resource for Drosophila researchers, with information on stocks, genes, mutants, researchers, publications and much much more. The US site above (in Indiana) is the original, with mirrors
US - Indiana |
) around the world.
Drosophila Genome Project
Information on the Drosophila genome effort, which includes mapping, sequencing and large scale mutagenesis projects. Now known as the Berkeley Fly Database, it integrates genome project information with the Encyclopedia of Drosophila.
See also an overview of the genome project by Gerry Rubin.
Drosophila Labs on the Web
Over one hundred home pages with research information, stocks, protocols and various blends of Drosophila humour.
The Interactive Fly
An ambitious and extensive hypertext encyclopedia of fly genes and developmental processes, and a great starting point.
- The Flybrain project (USA | Germany | Japan) has information and images of the Drosophila nervous system.
- A Drosophila nervous system atlas (Fishbach lab).
- A clickable hyper-neuroblast map, with information on lineage and gene expression in the early CNS (Doe lab).
- The Motor Axon guidance primer (Zinn lab).
- FlyTrap is an online database of gene expression patterns (of P[Gal4] lines) in the fly brain.
- The Virtual Brain has 3D reconstructions of fly brains.
Fly Stock Centers
- Bloomington, Indiana.
- The largest of stock centers has a nice website including information on culturing flies and equipment sources.
- Szeged, Hungary
- Extensive collection of P element lines.
- Kyoto, Japan
- Ehime, Japan
- Drosophila species stock center
- In Arizona, USA. Carries stocks of several hundred different Drosophila species.
- Excellent learning resource, with extensive pictures and animations of embryonic development.
- A graphical atlas of expression patterns of genes and enhancer traps at all stages of development.
- DRES (Drosophila-related EST sequences)
- A catalog of human cDNA clones that show sequence similarity to Drosophila genes.
- GIFTS - Gene Interactions in the Fly
- Catalogs gene interactions in Drosophila pattern formation, run by Bernard Jacq's group in Marseille.
- Tracheal development
- A new resource by the Affolter lab.
- A listing of Drosophila genes involved in the immune response.
- Malpighian tubule resource
- Information for research on the malpighian tubule (insect kidney).
- Fly Spermatogenesis Resource
- Maintained by the DiNardo Lab, includes a spermatogenesis overview and molecular marker details
- Drosophila Cadherin homepage
- Reviews and classification of cadherin genes in Drosophila.
- A small but growing reference site on the stories behind the fanciful naming of many fly genes.
- JFly - Japanese Drosophila resources
- Jfly is a Web site mainly in Japanese, with many resources, including archives of the
Japanese Drosophila mailing list, and (in English), some protocols, back issues of the Drosophila Information Newsletter and Drosophila references libraries in EndNote format.
- Chromosome squashes
- GeNet / SegNet
- The Gene Networks Database has extensive information on interaction between segmentation genes, including antibody stains, interaction diagrams and categorised interaction classes, including images of gene expression during segmentation and Java viewers.
- The Virtual Flylab
- This was a free resource allowing students to model fly crosses online and view the outcome. It's now part of the commercial Biology Labs Online
A list of protocols available from the web sites of several Drosophila labs.
Sequence and genome resouces
- The best source of up-to-date news on Drosophila, and a good place to ask and
answer requests is the bionet.drosophila newsgroup
on Usenet. An elaborate archive is
available on the Web from Bionet.
- The Biosciences area of the Virtual Library has many relevant pages, including ones for
- Drosophila Conferences, from Flybase
- The Company of Biologists, has information on the journals Development, Journal of Cell Science, Bioessays and Journal of Experimental Biology.
- The Genetics Society of America is online, with information on the annual Drosophila meeting, membership and their journal, Genetics.
- Entomology Resources (Colorado State University)
- The Developmental Studies Hybridoma Bank curates many antibodies against Drosophila antigens.
Finally, a plug for a new site on bioinformatics software for Mac OS X and Macintosh.
By Gerard Manning
Last update: May 5, 2010