Journal of Genetics

, 56:341

The genetic assimilation of the dumpy phenocopy

  • K. G. Bateman


1. The phenocopy “dumpy”, produced by 40°C treatment of 16–18 hour pupae, was selected for 30 generations. The duration of treatment was gradually reduced from 4 1/2 to 2 hours. Phenocopy frequency in the last generation was 95%.

2. In untreated flies weakly dumpy wings first appeared in generation 25. From these an assimilated stock was established in which, after 8 generations of selection, penetrance was 58%.

3. The genetical analysis of this stock showed that assimilated dumpy is produced only in the presence of the recessive lethal genedpTP2.

4. There is evidence that a second recessive lethal gene, which forms withdpTP2 a balanced lethal system, enhances, and possibly is obligatory for, the production of the dumpy phenotype bydpTP2.

5. The frequency ofdpTP2, and possibly also of the second gene, was increased by phenocopy selection; the frequency of both genes was increased by selection without treatment.

6. Successful selection for expression in the assimilated dumpy stock indicated that modifying genes are also involved. The assimilation of dumpy, like that of crossveinless, appears therefore to have depended on major-genes and modifiers.

7. It is suggested thatdpTP2 arose during the course of phenocopy selection as a consequence of the hot-shock treatment, and that this is the major difference between the dumpy and crossveinless experiments.

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© Indian Academy of Sciences 1959

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. G. Bateman
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Animal GeneticsEdinburghScotland

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