Why the Fly?
As a researcher you are constantly making cost-benefit decisions about how to run your lab or project, so let us examine this subject.

Cost of Vertebrate Model:

Costs of animal care

Cost of time to raise and work on animals

Cost of the resources that are available to you, i.e. the cost of Comparative medicine dept. and RAF

Cost of strict protocols and inspections

Vertebrates require their own spaces, i.e. mouse or fish room and may not be kept in the lab overnight.

Cost of recovering from losing a strain

Cost of Fly Model:

fly food costs (no cage charges)

Flys have a 3 week life cycle

Vibrant and helpful fly community

Flys are kept in the lab