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.
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