Studying neuronal function using the <i>Drosophila genetic system</i>

J. Douglas Armstrong and Stephen F. Goodwin

in Molecular Biology of the Neuron

Second edition

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780198509981
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723810 | DOI:

Series: Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology Series

Studying neuronal function using the Drosophila genetic system

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This chapter discusses the use of Drosophila as a system for studying neuroscience across multiple levels. The simple organism has some distinct advantages over many others yet at the molecular and genetic level, the nervous system shows a high degree of evolutionary conservation. There are a few technical limitations, largely in neurophysiological techniques but these are rapidly being addressed and recent transgenic developments have the potential to more than address the balance.

Keywords: Drosophila melanogater; neuroscience; nervous system; neurophysiological techniques

Chapter.  6406 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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