Lords of the Fly
Drosophila Genetics and the Experimental Life
In Lords of the Fly, Robert E. Kohler argues that fly laboratories are a special kind of ecological niche in which the wild fruit fly is transformed into an artificial animal with a distinctive natural history. He shows that the fly was essentially a laboratory tool whose startling productivity opened many new lines of genetic research. Kohler also explores the moral economy of the "Drosophilists": the rules for regulating access to research tools, allocating credit for achievements, and transferring authority from one generation of scientists to the next.
By closely examining the Drosophilists' culture and customs, Kohler reveals essential features of how experimental scientists do their work.
1: The Nature of Experimental Life
2: Crossing the Threshold
3: Constructing Drosophila
4: The Fly People
5: The Drosophila Exchange Network
7: Reconstructing Drosophila: Developmental Genetics
8: From Laboratory to Field: Evolutionary Genetics
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