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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 can also provide screening and balancing services. Click here for our microinjection services and prices.


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. Please email flyadmin@gen.cam.ac.uk, this address reaches Simon Collier (Fly Facility Manager) and Glynnis Johnson (Senior Research Technician).


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. If you are interested in using our Stock-Keeping service, please contact . An information sheet on media costs for grant applications is also now available on Camtools, ie Raven-passworded.


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 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 (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 stocks available from the Fly Lab

Please click on this link - Excel file Updated October 2012

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 333982
Fax: +44 (0)1223 333992

E-mail:
Simon Collier : s.collier@gen.cam.ac.uk

General enquiries : flyadmin@gen.cam.ac.uk

Fly stock requests : gh19@gen.cam.ac.uk

Fly media enquiries :
flymedia@gen.cam.ac.uk

Fly media ordering [Raven password required]: http://sitka.gen.cam.ac.uk/media/