The flour beetle Tribolium is a relative new-comer, in comparison with Drosophila, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits and rats, as a laboratory model for the study of genetic problems which relate to livestock and poultry improvement. These older laboratory species have been used by geneticists for both qualitative and quantitative studies since the turn of this century. As population and quantitative genetics research expanded in the early 1950's, many geneticists turned to Drosophila or mice for their experimental model in order to draw on this wealth of genetic information and technical experience. Thusly, our,initial model experiments at Purdue University were conducted with Drosophila (my colleague Don Warren had taken his doctorate at Columbia University with Thomas Hunt Morgan and I had studied at Iowa State College with John W. Gowen, one of Morgan's early students).

A. E Bell

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 5. Plenary sessions, , 26–42, 1982
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