The model organism, Drosophila (fruit fly) has the same characteristics as humans with regard to the essential basic mechanisms needed to live a healthy life. In addition, Drosophila has a short live span, is easy to grow, has various visible congenital traits and has a polytene (giant) chromosome in its salivary glands that can be examined under a light microscope. This makes fruit flies perfect for conducting research aimed at better understanding of diseases and the role of various (combinations of) gene products therein.
In the UMCG the use of Drosophila did result in major breakthroughs in the understanding of biological processes. More information and contactpersons can be found on the website of the Department of Cell Biology.