One hundred years of high-throughput Drosophila research

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Abstract

From the beginning, Drosophila was a high-throughput model organism. Unbiased and genome-wide efforts ranging from Morgan's search for spontaneous mutations and subsequent saturating loss-of-function and gain-of-function screens up to more recent techniques such as microarrays, proteomics and cellular assays have been and will continue to be the backbone of Drosophila research. Integrating these large datasets is one of the next challenges. However, once achieved, a plethora of information far exceeding the information content of the singular experiments will be revealed. Several high-throughput techniques and experimental strategies highlighting the unbiased and integrative nature of Drosophila research during the last century will be discussed.

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