FlyBase: genomes by the dozen

Nucleic Acids Res. 2007 Jan;35(Database issue):D486-91. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkl827. Epub 2006 Nov 11.


FlyBase ( is the primary database of genetic and genomic data for the insect family Drosophilidae. Historically, Drosophila melanogaster has been the most extensively studied species in this family, but recent determination of the genomic sequences of an additional 11 Drosophila species opens up new avenues of research for other Drosophila species. This extensive sequence resource, encompassing species with well-defined phylogenetic relationships, provides a model system for comparative genomic analyses. FlyBase has developed tools to facilitate access to and navigation through this invaluable new data collection.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Databases, Genetic*
  • Drosophila / classification
  • Drosophila / genetics
  • Drosophilidae / classification
  • Drosophilidae / genetics*
  • Genome, Insect*
  • Genomics
  • Internet
  • Phylogeny
  • Software
  • User-Computer Interface