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Aim and scope of Drosophila ageing research

  • Frédéric A. Lints

Abstract

Not a single biologist will hesitate to admit that Drosophila is most probably the metazoan whose biology is the best understood. It is therefore rather surprising and somewhat disappointing to discover that the history of Drosophila research remains to be written. (See, however, Bodenheimer, (1928–1929) where some early Drosophila observations, for instance by Aristotle, are mentioned; see also Oliver, 1976.) To our knowledge the first portrayal of Drosophila was provided by Mentzel in 1684 (Peyer, 1947). Others were given by Joblot in 1754 (Müller, 1976a) (Figure 1.1) and by von Gleichen in 1764 (Müller, 1976b).

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Wild Strain Drosophila Species Gerontological Research Remote Future Drosophila Study 
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