NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ812266
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1470-8175
Fly Diversity Revealed by PCR-RFLP of Mitochondrial DNA
Asraoui, Jimmy F.; Sayar, Nancy P.; Knio, Khouzama M.; Smith, Colin A.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, v36 n5 p354-362 Sep-Oct 2008
In this article, we describe an inexpensive, two-session undergraduate laboratory activity that introduces important molecular biology methods in the context of biodiversity. In the first session, students bring tentatively identified flies (order Diptera, true flies) to the laboratory, extract DNA, and amplify a region of the mitochondrial gene NADH dehydrogenase subunit 1. In the second session, the students digest the PCR product with a restriction enzyme, visualize the resulting fragments by agarose gel electrophoresis, and analyze their results with comparison to known sequences. The diversity of flies and their importance as disease vectors, agriculture pests, pollinators, models of speciation, and in the case of "Drosophila melanogaster", as a genetic model organism, offer many perspectives with which to appeal to students' interests. The laboratory exercise can be linked as a module to topics in biodiversity, bioinformatics, entomology, evolution, and mutagenesis. (Contains 1 footnote, 2 tables, and 5 figures.)
John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Subscription Department, 111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774. Tel: 800-825-7550; Tel: 201-748-6645; Fax: 201-748-6021; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A