Lords of the Fly: Drosophila Genetics and the Experimental Life

Robert E. Kohler

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Lords of the Fly: Drosophila Genetics and the Experimental Life

Lords of the Fly Drosophila Genetics and the Experimental Life The common fruit fly Drosophila has long been one of the most productive of all laboratory animals From to the center of Drosophila culture in America was the school of Thomas Hunt Morgan

  • Title: Lords of the Fly: Drosophila Genetics and the Experimental Life
  • Author: Robert E. Kohler
  • ISBN: 9780226450636
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Paperback
  • The common fruit fly, Drosophila, has long been one of the most productive of all laboratory animals From 1910 to 1940, the center of Drosophila culture in America was the school of Thomas Hunt Morgan and his students Alfred Sturtevant and Calvin Bridges They first created standard flies through inbreeding and by organizing a network for exchanging stocks of flies thatThe common fruit fly, Drosophila, has long been one of the most productive of all laboratory animals From 1910 to 1940, the center of Drosophila culture in America was the school of Thomas Hunt Morgan and his students Alfred Sturtevant and Calvin Bridges They first created standard flies through inbreeding and by organizing a network for exchanging stocks of flies that spread their practices around the world.In Lords of the Fly, Robert E Kohler argues that fly laboratories are a special kind of ecological niche in which the wild fruit fly is transformed into an artificial animal with a distinctive natural history He shows that the fly was essentially a laboratory tool whose startling productivity opened many new lines of genetic research Kohler also explores the moral economy of the Drosophilists the rules for regulating access to research tools, allocating credit for achievements, and transferring authority from one generation of scientists to the next.By closely examining the Drosophilists culture and customs, Kohler reveals essential features of how experimental scientists do their work.

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    One thought on “Lords of the Fly: Drosophila Genetics and the Experimental Life

    1. Jessica on said:

      Class text for History of Biology, fall 09Much more engaging than a materialist history of drosophila and drosophilists should be.

    2. Mark on said:

      This is an excellent book that outlines the research program and laboratory dynamics of the Cambridge Fly group in the early decades of the 1900s. I am particularly impressed by Kholer's discussion experimental animals (ok, flies) as technological tools, and the moral economy of scientific research groups. Certainly not for everyone, this book is an excellent study of how science progresses on a daily basis.

    3. Lena Webb on said:

      Scientists began using Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism around 1910, long before the advent of modern molecular biology techniques. My big question was "HOW on Earth were they able?" and this book does a good job of answering that question, while also addressing the personalities of the men [and maybe like, two women] involved in the endeavor.

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