Genic Control of Meiosis and Some Observations on the Synaptonemal Complex in Drosophila melanogaster

  • Adelaide T. C. Carpenter
  • Bruce S. Baker


Beginning with the work of Sandler et al. (1968) and Lindsley et al. (1968), a systematic attack on the genie control of meiosis in Drosophila melanogaster has been undertaken. Several successful screens for mutants that disrupt meiosis (meiotic mutants) have been reported (Sandler et al., 1968; Sandler, 1971; Baker and Carpenter, 1972); to date, the term “meiotic mutant” has been operationally restricted to those mutants that disrupt genetically detectable parameters of chromosome behavior (e.g. disjunction and recombination). The effects of many of these, as well as previously known meiotic mutants, have been examined in detail (D. G. Davis, 1969; Robbins, 1971; B. K. Davis, 1971; Hall, 1972; Carpenter, 1973; Parry, 1973; Carpenter and Sandler, 1974; reviewed by Baker and Hall, 1974). There are at this time at least 40 loci whose wild-type alleles are necessary to ensure a normal meiosis in Drosophila males or females (Sandler and Lindsley, 1974).


Genic Control Synaptonemal Complex Lateral Element Chromosome Behavior Euchromatic Region 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adelaide T. C. Carpenter
    • 1
  • Bruce S. Baker
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Zoology, Department of GeneticsUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA

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