Welcome to Drososhare’s Blog! Drososhare.net is still in development, but I want to share my enthusiasm with you. In this first blog entry, I would like to explain how Drososhare will help us, drosophilists. Let’s start with a short Success Story:
A couple of months before I wrote this in 2014, I got an e-mail from a student of a fellow German lab and the next day, I received an e-mail from her boss, with a similar content : “Have you received the UAS-Tdc2-RNAi fly line already? We have received it from Bloomington, but all flies were dead. We urgently need this fly line. So if you have it, I could drive to Berlin and pick it up. Would that be possible?”. You probably understand the urge, as I did. I was on holiday, but fortunately got to read my e-mails on that day. I forwarded that one to the PhD student (who was -oh surprise!- not on holiday). They had just received a healthy batch of these RNAi flies and could send it to them. The flies arrived two days later and the student could do her experiment: Science could go forward.
What a nice story, isn’t it? It is unfortunately only one happy end in a sea of tragedies implying flies dying during transport or killed at the customs. Fly sharing between labs does not always go so smoothly either. Tell me about imprecise or wrong batch labeling. Tell me about the hours spent writing e-mails to get the label translated. Tell me about these red-eyed Cyo flies labeled “w- control+ (III)”…
With Drososhare, these common problems will become the exception, and the success story will become the rule. The solution looks simple: to gather information about which fly stocks are kept in which lab. As simple as having one mutant cell in an otherwise wild type individual! The comparison with the MARCM technique can be taken further: A great simple idea, followed by a long and difficult development, and ending with an easily usable tool (we could add that the tool is first available for Drosophila only, but let’s stop making other biologists jealous). Drososhare provides a technical solution to collect and redistribute your stock list information, in an easy manageable and safe way. Our aim is to tighten the drosophila community even stronger. Stock centers have been doing a great job for 100 years (happy birthday BDSC), but their centralized nature have some limitations. We will centralize the information, but fly stocks will remain distributed: Drososhare is a distributed stock center.