FlyCycle CD

Producer: Sinauer Associates, Inc.

This is a CD–ROM adaptation of the film Fly Cycle: The Lives of a Fly, Drosophila melanogaster (Sinauer Associates, 1996). Formatted for Macintosh and/or Windows processors, it includes 40 mins. of QuickTime movies, depicting details on the biology and life cycle of Drosophila - adult courting and mating, embryonic development, larval growth, imaginal disks and salivary glands, metamorphosis, and a gallery of mutants used in research. FlyCycle CD is designed to be used at a range of educational levels. At high school and introductory undergraduate levels, it can acquaint students with the fruit fly life cycle and a number of the mutants used in introductory courses. For more advanced undergraduates in developmental biology and genetics courses, and for graduate students beginning their research on Drosophila, the CD–ROM introduces the many specifics they will need to know, and techniques for examining the organism in detail. Included on the CD–ROM is the text to an accompanying 40-page booklet that can be used on the computer with convenient text hyperlinks, or printed out. The booklet presents information on each segment of the CD–ROM, a ‘getting started’ section for those who want to raise fruit flies, a list of suppliers, an annotated selected bibliography, and a glossary.


Year of production: 1998
Medium: CD-ROM
System requirements: Windows 95/NT with Pentium processor; Macintosh OS 7.0 or later with Power PC; 16 MB RAM (24 MB recommended)
Price: US$19.95