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Unformatted text preview: Homework 8: Genetics Project Part 1: Drosophila Due: Oct 22, 2010 Introduction: Researchers use Drosophila as a genomic model for work on everything from environmental adaptations to biomedical and pharmaceutical development. It is hard to believe that humans can share traits with a fly so that studying them can be useful to better understanding human biology and medicine. In order to better understand why Drosophila makes a good model for genomics, you are asked to compare a gene of your choice from both Drosophila and human genomes. Use the resources listed below to identify the genes used to study the trait, identify the loci of the trait on the chromosome using NCBIs database, and describe the characteristics of the chosen gene. Finally, in a paragraph or two, describe how Drosophila is a model system for human traits. Genes: Bristle number, Huntingtons disease, Parkinsons disease, Alzheimers disease, alcoholism, sleep disorders....
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