A model system for analyzing somatic mutations in Drosophila melanogaster

Ana Maria Garcia, Anastasia Derventzi, Rita Busuttil, R. Brent Calder, Ernesto Perez, Linda Chadwell, Martijn E.T. Dollé, Martha Lundell, Jan Vijg

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Presently there are no good assays for comparing somatic mutation frequencies and spectra between different vertebrate and invertebrate organisms. Here we describe a new lacZ mutation reporter system in D. melanogaster, which complements existing systems in the mouse. The results obtained with the new model indicate two-to threefold higher frequencies of spontaneous mutations than in the mouse, with most of the mutations characterized as large genome rearrangements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)401-403
Number of pages3
JournalNature Methods
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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