Pune hosted the fifth edition of the Asia Pacific Drosophila Research Conference (APDRC5), which was organised in the country for the first time by the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER)
- Drosophila is a genus of flies, belonging to the family Drosophilidae, whose members are often called “small fruit flies” or pomace flies, vinegar flies, or wine flies.
- One species of Drosophila in particular, D. melanogaster, has been heavily used in research in genetics and is a common model organism in developmental biology.
- Its genome is entirely sequenced and there is enormous information available about its biochemistry, physiology and behaviour.
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Asia Pacific Drosophila Research Conference (APDRC)?
- This biennial conference aims to promote the interaction of Drosophila researchers in the Asia-Pacific region with their peers in the rest of the world.
- It will bring together scientists from all over the world who use the fruit fly, Drosophila, as a model organism to address basic and applied questions.
- The last four editions of this conference took place in Taipei, Seoul, Beijing and Osaka.
Source : The Hindu