What kind of week are you having? » « The worst possible way to begin a weekend How to make flies Another genetics class video — our first fly lab is this week, so they’re going to set up the parental stocks for a complementation assay. Share this:PrintEmailShare on TumblrTweet What kind of week are you having? » « The worst possible way to begin a weekend
Fly lab? You mean fly death camp. You’re growing corn for your cows, right? Except this is a death farm. You’re going to feed your livestock to your army of monstrosities … alive! May Cthulhu say salty words at you!
@1, Not so much a fly death camp as a fly mill (think puppy mill). Flies being breed indiscriminately solely for the
profitbenefit of that “army of monstrosities”…
For some reason “The Making of a Fly” tweaked a memory and i went looking for it. Here’s the story I was thinking of: 2 bots on Amazon got into a price war over the book The Making of a Fly and eventually the price increased to $23,698,655.93. So PZ can no longer say evolutionary biology doesn’t pay.
Nicely done (my highest praise, by the way); clear, concise, and reassuring set-up vid for the lab. Even this English major could do it now
“May Cthulhu say salty words at you!”
Cthulhu say no words; Cthulhu acts
If you have dairy farms in the region the harvesting of flies should not be problematic.
PZ Myers says
I’ve got a copy of The Making of a Fly on my bookshelf right now. I’ll let you have it for a flat $23 million.
OK, you talked me down. $20 million even.
I hope you’re not making yourself out to be some kind of Lord over them. Hmm…sounds like a good title…
One of those three girlflies, the one you identified to us as a scarlet, she had a dark butt. I had to pause the video and expand it to look at her front legs to make sure you weren’t funning us and that she wasn’t a boy fly. Was she just looking butch today in the lens of the microscope? The darkbutt-y thing: this a something that commonly happens?
(My priors are: that wild flies look like wild flies for a reason, and otherwise pedagogically you wouldn’t be mentioning them. My guess is that I will get mostly a lot of wild-looking flies from any crosses, and some of each of the scarlet and brown ones)
Poems are made by fools like I
But only god can make a fly.
(sorry Joyce Kilmer!)
@3 Had a look at the Wired article.At the bottom there is a link to another piece called “The Pop-up Book of Phobias”.
Could you be a lamb and have a look for me,I am a big cowardly coward.
Don’t know what I found more disturbing,Pop Up,or Phobias.
I had a look on amazon,all I found was Fly Fishing By J R Hartley.
I recall the entity in the first Men In Black films that was a colony of creepy-crawlies masquerading as a human.
If you check Mitch McConnell and his ilk, you will sooner and later find one of those, solving your insect needs for the rest of the season.
@13 LOL,wasn’t sure anyone would get the reference.
Scott Woody says
Perhaps I missed it, but I don’t recall seeing the step where anesthetized and duly inspected flies are used/transferred to students’ bottles for culture. How many flies ought to be added to each virgin (heh) subculture bottle?