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 Work
Our Drosophila microinjection service is available to fly researchers throughout the European Union. We inject embryos for P-element/piggyback transformation, phiC31-mediated transgenesis and CRISPR/TALEN genome engineering. We can also provide screening and balancing services. A description of our microinjection services and prices can be downloaded here.
Drosophila Media Service
Cambridge fly groups can order many types of fly media in a variety of containers (vials, bottles, plates etc.) from the Fly Facility. Media ordered online before noon will normally be delivered to our Fly Lab (or be available for external users to collect) by mid-afternoon on the following working day.
The fly media ordering website is here (Raven password required). To register to use our fly media service, please provide Simon Collier with your CRSid and the name of the research group to be charged.
Working in the Fly Facility
The Fly Facility has a large Fly Lab with bench space for up to 24 fly workers. The lab has 4 large CT rooms with temperature and humidity control that can hold up to 60,000 fly stocks. There is also a dedicated Cage Room for large population collections.
Drosophila researchers working in, or visiting, Cambridge are welcome to use the Fly Facility but must have a Fly Facility Induction beforehand. Please contact Simon Collier (the Fly Facility manager) to request an induction, inductions will normally be arranged within 48 hours. Please download and read these documents before your induction:
Risk Assessments and SOPs relevant to fly workers can be found on Camtools, or in the Safety folder on iMac in the Fly Lab. Please download and read whichever are appropriate for your work. If you are using techniques that are not covered by this list please write your own risk assessments.
Fly-pushing and stock-keeping service
We are also offering a fly-pushing and stock-keeping service for Cambridge fly people. For stock-keeping all we ask from you is a stock list, in Excel or Filemaker ...and the flies, 2 tubes of each stock. Included in the monthly charge we will maintain the stock list, make the stocks constantly available to you, and send stocks to other labs as required. We can discuss individual needs for fly-pushing (stock construction, screening, etc). See price list HERE
An information sheet on media costs for grant applications is also now available on Camtools, ie Raven-passworded.
Fly stocks available from the Fly Lab
Please click on this link - Excel file Updated October 2012