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dro·soph·i·la

 (drə-sŏf′ə-lə)
n.
Any of various small fruit flies of the genus Drosophila, especially D. melanogaster, used extensively in genetic research.

[New Latin Drosophila, genus name : Greek drosos, dew + New Latin -phila, feminine of -philus, -phile.]

drosophila

(drɒˈsɒfɪlə)
n, pl -las or -lae (-ˌliː)
(Animals) any small dipterous fly of the genus Drosophila, esp D. melanogaster, a species widely used in laboratory genetics studies: family Drosophilidae. They feed on plant sap, decaying fruit, etc. Also called: fruit fly or vinegar fly
[C19: New Latin, from Greek drosos dew, water + -phila; see -phile]

fruit′ fly`


n.
1. any of numerous small, black or steely green flies of the family Tephritidae, whose eggs are deposited in fruit for the larvae to feed on after hatching.
2. Also called drosophila. any of numerous similar yellowish flies of the family Drosophilidae, which feed on the yeasts of fermenting fruit used in laboratory studies.
[1745–55]

dro·soph·i·la

(drō-sŏf′ə-lə)
Any of various small fruit flies, one species of which is used extensively in breeding experiments in genetic research to study patterns of inheritance.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.drosophila - small fruit fly used by Thomas Hunt Morgan in studying basic mechanisms of inheritancedrosophila - small fruit fly used by Thomas Hunt Morgan in studying basic mechanisms of inheritance
fruit fly, pomace fly - any of numerous small insects whose larvae feed on fruits
genus Drosophila - a genus of Drosophilidae
Translations

drosophila

nDrosophila f, → Taufliege f
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A drosophilist is one who uses the vinegar fly in the study of genetics.
As a drosophilist, I am doubtless biased here, but the preponderance of Drosophila papers seems to be an accurate reflection of the areas in which interesting new work is being carried out.
The invention of linkage mapping in 1912 - largely the inspiration of graduate students Alfred Sturtevant and Calvin Bridges, according to Kohler - rapidly obliged the Drosophilists to "standardize" the fly, that is to remove all unwanted genetic variation and to create an instrument for the recombinant mapping of the genome.