Is Drosphila the answer? The role of model species in biological research

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Abstract

Biological research has been dominated by focussed effort on few model species and recent commentaries further discourage broadening the range of study species. It is undeniable that we now have unprecedented detail of information on the genetic, molecular and cellular biology of model species, but whether their biology can be broadly generalised is unclear. By channelling research into a limited range of species, we miss the opportunity to test theory on a wider range of species and the discovery of new biological phenomena. With new technologies and laboratory facilities becoming more affordable and accessible, establishing new species as models has never been more promising and important.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGrumpy Scientists
Subtitle of host publicationthe Ecological Conscience Of A Nation
EditorsDaniel Lunney, Pat Hutchings, Harry F. Recher
Place of PublicationMosman, NSW
PublisherRoyal Zoological Society of New South Wales
Pages67-68
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)9780987430908
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventAnnual Forum of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales (2012) - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 3 Nov 20123 Nov 2012

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Forum of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales (2012)
CitySydney, Australia
Period3/11/123/11/12

Keywords

  • Caenorhabditis
  • Mus
  • Danio
  • Drosophila
  • biodiversity

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