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

Adrian B Harrison, Matthew Oswald, Sean T Sweeney

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-12
Number of pages4
JournalInvertebrate neuroscience : IN
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011

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