Fruit Fly Mutation

Description of the Activity

Students will have the opportunity to investigate genetic mutation by searching for pheotypic difference among fruit flies, Drosophila melanogaster. Processes that result in genotypic changes will be identified, and select human mutations will be discussed.


  • Differentiate genotype and phenotype
  • Use observational skills to identify differences among flies
  • Understand that mutation is a natural phenomenon, and learn factors that trigger it
  • Identify structure and function of DNA
  • Relate mutation to DNA structure

Meets SC Content Standards