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CWSF 2006 - Saguenay, Québec

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Celina McLeod

Flies' Eyes and DNA
City:Tara, ON
School:Arran-Tara E.S.
Abstract:This experiment examined whether differences in eye colour between wild and white-eyed Drosophila melanogaster occur due to DNA differences. Gel electrophoresis was used to study the DNA samples of the two types of Drosophila. It was found that white-eyed Drosophila have an insertion of DNA called Doc retrotransposon. This proved that one could differentiate between various organisms within a species by looking at their DNA.