Behavioral Genetics of the Fly (Drosophila Melanogaster)

Behavioral Genetics of the Fly (Drosophila Melanogaster)

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The common fruit fly - Drosophila melanogaster - has been the subject of genetics research since the early twentieth century. The complete genomic sequence of Drosophila was published in 2000 and it is still the model organism par excellence for the experimental study of biological phenomena and processes. It is also by far the best model for studying gene function in mammals, including humans. Presenting state-of-the-art studies on the behaviour of Drosophila, this volume discusses normal and pathological models of neurobehavioral disorders and encompasses the specialised methods that have been used, from anatomical, histological, immunohistological and neurophysiological to genomic, genetic and behavioural assays. A comprehensive and thorough reference, this volume is a valuable resource for students and researchers alike across several disciplines of life sciences, including behavioral genetics, neurogenetics, behavioral neuroscience, molecular biology, evolutionary biology and population more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 85 b/w illus. 42 colour illus. 5 tables
  • 1139950088
  • 9781139950084

Table of contents

List of contributors; 1. The anatomical organization of the compound eye's visual system Ian A. Meinertzhagen; 2. Neuropeptides regulating Drosophila behavior Dick R. Nassel; 3. Vision Nina Vogt and Claude Desplan; 4. Sensory coding of olfaction and taste Christi A. Scott and Anupama Dahanukar; 5. Nociception Ken Honjo, Jessica Robertson and W. Daniel Tracey, Jr; 6. Flight behavior: degradation of flight muscle power and locomotor capacity in transgenic Drosophila Fritz-Olaf Lehmann; 7. Behavioral genetics of Drosophila female postmating responses C. Dustin Rubinstein, Brigitte Dauwalder and Mariana F. Wolfner; 8. Circadian rhythms Nara I. Muraro and M. Fernanda Ceriani; 9. Courtship learning Leslie C. Griffith; 10. Place memory Daniela Ostrowski and Troy Zars; 11. Neurodegeneration models in Drosophila Bidisha Roy and George R. Jackson; 12. Drosophila model of cognitive disorders: focus on memory abnormality Lisha Shao and Yi Zhonga; 13. Age-related memory impairment in Drosophila Minoru Saitoe, Shinjiro Saeki, Yukinori Hirano and Junjiro Horiuchi; 14. Functional analysis of natural clock gene variation Charalambos P. Kyriacou; 15. Natural variation in foraging behaviour Bryon N. Hughson, Viet Pham and Marla B. Sokolowski; 16. Using neuron-specific RNAi in Drosophila for understanding the molecular and neuronal basis of behavior Ricardo Leitao-Goncalves and Carlos Ribeiro; 17. Systems genetics of behavior in Drosophila Robert R. H. Anholt, Trudy F. C. Mackay and Eric A. Stone; 18. Olfactory learning and memory assays Christopher J. Tabone and J. Steven de Belle; 19. Intersectional strategies for cell type specific expression and transsynaptic labeling Taylor R. Fore and Bing Zhang; 20. Imaging Drosophila brain neurons for 'FlyCircuit' analysis Chih-Yung Lin and Ann-Shyn Chiang; References; more

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'[This book] constitutes the first attempt at a comprehensive review of behavioral genetics research with Drosophila ... [It] gives an exciting overview of a very diverse range of topics in short, readable chapters, written by some of the key figures ... in the field.' Eirik Sovik and Alexis S. Hill, ISBE Newsletter, International Society for Behavioral Ecologyshow more

About Josh Dubnau

Josh Dubnau is an Associate Professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. His research focuses on genetics and circuitry of memory and mechanisms of neurodegeneration. He received the Beckman Young Investigator award and Human Frontiers Young Investigator award. He is also the recipient of a Transformative R01 from the NIH. Former President of the International Behavioral and Neural Genetics Society, he has been twice selected by graduate students for the Winship Herr Teaching more