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Mutant Fruit Flies


Mutant Fruit Flies

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A webpage with illustrations of mutated fruit flies. Facilitates discussion of genetic mutations with illustrations as aides.
Material Type: Reference Material
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: September 05, 2007
Date Modified in MERLOT: August 20, 2012


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  • User review 4 average rating
  • User Rating: 4 user rating
  • Discussion (5 Comments)
  • Learning Exercises (none)
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Primary Audience: High School
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
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Accessiblity Information Available: unsure
Creative Commons: unsure


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Avatar for Vanessa Garcia
7 years ago

Vanessa Garcia (Student)

I like this lesson because you can use to show how genes are involved in creating a unique fruit fly.

Avatar for Joaquin Alvarado
7 years ago

Joaquin Alvarado (Faculty)

A good site that demonstrates mutations that occur in one of the most commonly studied species when it comes to genetics.

Avatar for Glady Ruiz
7 years ago

Glady Ruiz (Faculty)

Nicely presented basic introduction to mutations in genetics. Point driven that mutations can be both beneficial and lethal. Format requires scrolling up and down to get to fruit flies and back up to reading instructions. A little tedious and distracting. Maybe the fruit flies can be formatted in tables instead.

Avatar for Leigh-Ann King
7 years ago

Leigh-Ann King (Student)

I think this is a beneficial source if there's a fruit fly lab to go along with it. Sometimes it's hard to see the mutations of the flies and students have trouble understanding what to look for in the lab. With these diagrams they have a general idea of what kinds of mutations to observe.

Avatar for Maryanne Duttarer
7 years ago

Maryanne Duttarer (Student)

Anything mutant is always interesting!