Drosophila as a Model Organism for Ageing Studies

  • Frédéric A. Lints
  • M. Hani Soliman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Frédéric A. Lints
      Pages 3-16
    3. Jaime Miquel, James E. Fleming
      Pages 17-29
  3. Environmental Influences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Jean R. David
      Pages 33-45
    3. M. Hani Soliman, Jeannine van Herrewege
      Pages 46-58
    4. Harold R. Massie
      Pages 59-70
    5. Marion J. Lamb
      Pages 71-84
    6. Josselyne Boulétreau-Merle
      Pages 85-96
  4. Control of Ageing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Frédéric A. Lints
      Pages 99-118
    3. George C. Webster
      Pages 119-128
  5. Behaviour

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Eric Le Bourg
      Pages 131-139
    3. Martin S. Obin, Robert K. Vander Meer, Lee Ehrman
      Pages 140-150
  6. Evolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. James T. Giesel
      Pages 153-161
    3. Thomas B. L. Kirkwood
      Pages 162-175
    4. Frédéric A. Lints
      Pages 176-189
  7. Special Topics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. Jaime Miquel
      Pages 193-200
    3. Claes Ramel
      Pages 201-211
    4. M. Hani Soliman
      Pages 212-229
    5. Wilke van Delden, M. Hani Soliman
      Pages 230-240
    6. M. Hani Soliman, Frédéric A. Lints, Cécile V. Lints, Pol Bullens
      Pages 241-293
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 294-307

About this book


Many books on ageing attempt to cover the whole field of gerontology. However, since gerontology is now such a diversified and rapidly expanding subject, the results of such attempts tend to be either incomprehensible compendia or encyc10pedias of disheartening size. The present book aims to be both more modest and more ambitious. It focuses on a single object (Drosophila), but attempts to off er a synthesis of all the gerontological work that has been done on it. It also aims to show the extent to which this work has led to an understanding of the biological phenomena of ageing, longevity, senescence and death in higher organisms, inc1uding man. Finally it attempts, on the basis of current knowledge, to mark out the paths that the next generation of researchers will most probably follow. Drosophila has been used as a model organism to advance our basic knowledge of the fundamentals of genetics and gerontology. It may be noted that the pioneering work on the genetics of ageing, which used Drosophila, began very early in this century, within the first decade of the rediscovery of Mendel's laws.


Ageing genetics research

Editors and affiliations

  • Frédéric A. Lints
    • 1
  • M. Hani Soliman
    • 1
  1. 1.Genetics LaboratoryUniversity of LouvainBelgium

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