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Chromosome Smears Kit

Chromosome Smears Kit, FB1628, etc.
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Chromosome Smears Kit
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By: The Flinn Staff

Students view actual chromosomes! The salivary gland chromosomes of Drosophila virilis are the perfect choice for this activity. They are large and relatively easy to see. Students extract the chromosomes from the larva, prepare slides, and then stain them for viewing with their microscopes. The concept of chromosome becomes concrete after seeing the real thing. An activity your kids will never forget!

Teacher Notes, reproducible student handouts, and all necessary chemicals are provided. Additional Drosophila culture vials are recommended as a separate purchase.

Complete for 30 students working in pairs. Drosophila are available separately. Allow 2 weeks for delivery of Drosophila.


Vials, Drosophila Culture, 10/pkg
Clear, polystyrene vials. Vials measure 4"H x 1¼"W—the standard size for a Drosophila culture. Foam plugs (sold separately) fit snugly in place, allowing cultures to breathe. Vials can be sterilized with a dilute bleach solution if desired....
Drosophila virilis, for Chromosomes
Drosophila virilis. This large species is popular for the preparation and visualization of the giant salivary gland chromosomes. Drosophila melanogaster. Wild-type flies have red eyes, a grayish body, and long, full wings. All mutants deviate, with...
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