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Invert Neurosci. 2011 Dec;11(2):109-12. doi: 10.1007/s10158-011-0123-4. Epub 2011 Oct 14.

Teaching report: the use of Drosophila melanogaster larval thermosensitive escape behaviour as a model system to demonstrate sensory function.

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Department of Biology (Area 1), University of York, P.O. Box 373, York YO10 5YW, UK. adrian.harrison@york.ac.uk

Abstract

We describe how a novel thermosensitive escape behaviour in Drosophila larvae can be used to teach neurobiology principles to both undergraduates and school children. The assays are inexpensive, robust and reliably accurate employing apparatus readily available in most science classrooms. The use of Drosophila avoids the employment of vertebrate models and the ethical and expense issues that this entails. We use this practical to effectively teach the principals of calibration and neural sensory responses to post-16-year-old students and undergraduate students.

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21997164
DOI:
10.1007/s10158-011-0123-4
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