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Welcome to the Fly Facility

The Department of Genetics Fly Facility is one of the largest in Europe, and offers a range of services to Drosophila researchers both within and outside Cambridge.

Drosophila Microinjection Service

Our Drosophila microinjection service is available to fly researchers throughout the European Union. We can inject flies for P-element/piggyback transformation, phiC31-mediated transgenesis, CRISPR/TALEN genome engineering and other experiments. We also provide screening and balancing services.

Fly-Pushing Services

Our fly-pushing services are primarily aimed at Cambridge fly researchers. We are happy to discuss the researcher's needs for fly-pushing (screening, stock construction, etc). Costs for fly-pushing services are arrived at by negotiation between the researcher and the Fly Facility.

Drosophila Stock-Keeping Service

Our Drosophila stock-keeping service is available to Cambridge fly researchers. We will maintain your Drosophila stock collection and will ship your stocks to any location worldwide.

Drosophila Media Service

The Fly Facility provides Cambridge fly groups with many kinds of fly media in a variety of containers (vials, bottles, plates etc.).

Would you like to use the Fly Facility?

Drosophila researchers based in, or visiting, Cambridge are welcome to use the Department of Genetics Fly Facility. The Facility includes:

  • A Fly Lab with bench space for up to 24 fly workers
  • Four large temperature controlled rooms that can hold up to 60,000 fly stocks
  • A Cage Room for large population collections
  • A Microinjection Room with fluorescence microscopy
  • An Isolation Room for working with quarantined flies
Please contact Fly Facility manager) to arrange for an induction.

Other Fly Facility Resources:

Mites! (and how to control them)

Mites are everywhere! Here are some tips for preventing mite infestations in your Drosophila stocks.

Fly Facility Stock Collection

Please click here to download our Core Stock list (Excel file)

Fly Facility Drosophila Book Collection

Click here to see a list of Drosophila books available to borrow from the Fly Facility (Raven password required)

Contact details

Fly Facility Manager :
Dr Simon Collier

Address :
Department of Genetics,
University of Cambridge, Downing Street,
Cambridge CB2 3EH,
United Kingdom

Lab phone: +44 (0)1223 765124
Fax: +44 (0)1223 333992

Simon Collier :

General enquiries :

Fly stock requests :

Fly media enquiries :

Microinjection enquiries :

Fly media ordering [Raven password required]: