Drosophila - A model organism to study
The animal that we study in our lab, Drosophila melanogaster, is a very interesting model organism that is widely used in labs across the world. As you can see from this video it is a complex organism with sophisticated behaviours. Its genetic makeup has been extensively studied and about 75% of its genes have an equivalent in humans. This makes it an excellent system in which to study diseases and developmental biology.
Video by Ilan Davis
Localisation of gurken RNA injected into Drosophila egg chamber
We use fluorescent proteins to track the movement of RNA through Drosophila, the animal system that we use in the lab. This video shows in-vitro transcribed, gurken RNA localising to the dorsal-anterior corner of a stage 8 Drosophila egg chamber after injection.
Video by Kirsty Gill and Richard Parton
This is a 3-dimensional image of a Drosophila larva, showing the muscle wall and its associated neurons. The red part of the image is a neuron while the blue circular structures are muscle cell nuclei.
Video by Lu Yang
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Electrical stimulation of neurons causing the muscles to contract. In our lab we use electro-physiology methods to assess how electrical impulses along nerves can effect how new neurons grow. This is used to imitate normal nerve impulses and to see how nerve-activity can influence nerve development and growth.
Video by Josh Titlow